You saw the rumors. And probably wish you hadn’t. Yes, Brendan Rodgers is a leading contender for the job at Manchester United.

The performance of the former Liverpool boss in the home of Old Trafford is not exactly the dream date for most fans. But it seems like United are serious business.

Reports from The Sun and The Star claim United made Rodgers their first choice to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

There are reasons to oppose it aside from the Liverpool factor. He has a bad European record and missed three strong league positions in the last hurdle.

It’s the kind of appointment you can talk yourself into, too. There are enough positives at Rodgers to be positive, and that’s what we’re going to do here and be positive about the possible appointment.

Here’s a look at seven reasons United should all-in at Rodgers and try to appoint the Northern Irish …

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Immediate change

The sad latest results show that Manchester United needs change. If the club waits until December or January to act, it could be too late and the season could be lost.

So if United makes a change in the next fourteen days to shake up the situation and Rodgers is the choice, the somewhat belated proactive approach should be welcomed.

Rodgers can bring fresh ideas to a team that at this point under Solskjaer apparently has no way of turning.

There are very few managers available right now that United would like to have with Antonio Conte skipped and Erik Ten Hag and Mauricio Pochettino unavailable.

Rodgers is under contract at Leicester but he had no problem leaving Celtic for a better deal mid-season and the Foxes can’t be surprised if he does the same to them.

If United wants a change now rather than at the end of the season, Rodgers is one of two options that United is apparently ready to turn to. The Times also reports that Zinedine Zidane remains an option.

Premier League proven

Unlike Zidane, Brendan Rodgers knows the Premier League and won’t be surprised by anything when he comes to United.

Zidane cracked Europe and that will be tempting, but he has only managed one team in his coaching career.

Rodgers is suitable for the Premier League weekly grind as he’s used to it for much of the past decade. He knows his football style works in England.

There is a lot to be said for a known size. Erik Ten Hag is the man of the moment, but previously successful Ajax bosses have struggled to achieve similar success in England, see Ronald Koeman and Frank de Boer.

Rodgers and his coaching staff will be prepared for the challenge ahead, while other options may require more customization.

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Get the most out of its players

One of the biggest problems with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is that he hasn’t made his signings really click.

Jadon Sancho and Donny van de Beek are just two of his substantial investments that he has not been able to use properly. And it’s hard to say that he improved on early signings Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire.

Rodgers showed at Leicester that he can really use his signings, with players like Youri Tielemans, Caglar Soyuncu and Wesley Fofana becoming key players since signing.

He was even able to get the most out of Kelechi Iheanacho, whose career was drifting before Rodgers’ arrival.

At Liverpool, Rodgers also showed the ability to get the most out of star players, with Luis Suarez enjoying his best single season ever under his coach. United stars could have a new life under Rodgers.

Leaves his teams better off

If you look at each of Rodgers’ last four jobs, Swansea City, Liverpool, Celtic and Leicester, all four clubs were better off when he was there.

Though his stint at Liverpool ended sourly, Rodgers brought them closer to the title than any other manager in the past two decades and laid some of the groundwork for Jurgen Klopp to move the team forward.

United should be confident that if Rodgers takes over Old Trafford, he will move the team forward, whether or not he succeeds in his silver ware hunt.

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Attractive football

One of the prerequisites for attracting Manchester United fans is that the managers play attractive football.

Because of this, David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho failed.

And this season it’s one of the main reasons Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stalled. The team looks disjointed, and one clearly negative approach was the downfall against City.

Rodgers trusts his system and has played attractive, well-tailored, well-trained football in each of his previous jobs.

Last season Leicester were the team with the third highest goals in the Premier League.

Rodgers plays youth

Another important principle for Manchester United bosses is to trust young players. Brendan Rodgers can also point to this.

His success at Swansea was thanks to his trust in young players like Scott Sinclair.

At Liverpool, he was the manager who debuted Raheem Sterling and promoted Trent Alexander-Arnold to the first-team squad before leaving the club.

During his time at Leicester, he trusted a young core of players while also producing young talents like James Justin, Harvey Barnes and Luke Thomas.

Manchester United’s offspring would be in good hands and the club wouldn’t have to worry about the academy being neglected by the first-team boss. Rodgers would use top talent ready to break through.

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He has become a winner

One of the main reasons Rodgers took the Celtic job was to get a taste for silverware, and he did it greedily.

Rodgers won two domestic triples and was on course for a third before heading to Leicester. He left Celtic after winning seven trophies in less than three full seasons.

He continued this at Leicester and won the 2020/21 FA Cup by beating Chelsea in the final.

Winning trophies is a great habit, and Rodgers now has the confidence to get there. This could make a huge difference in whether he succeeds at Manchester United.

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