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Three Leicester City players Brendan Rodgers could bring to Manchester United

Three Leicester City players Brendan Rodgers could bring to Manchester United

Brendan Rodgers linked with Manchester United job

News has broken over the weekend that will no doubt please Manchester United fans.

The Red Devils have had a dismal 2021/22 to date, with it clear to all that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken the club as far as he can.

The former Cardiff City boss did a decent job of steadying the ship at Old Trafford, and bringing a positive attitude back to the dressing room.

But after heavy investment across the pitch, and no trophies or a proper title challenge in nearly three years, it has become clear that Solskjaer’s time at United is likely all but over.

Manchester United currently have arguably their best squad since the Sir Alex Ferguson era.

Three Leicester City players Brendan Rodgers could bring to Manchester United

BERGAMO, ITALY – NOVEMBER 02: Manchester United Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of the UEFA Champions League group F match between Atalanta and Manchester United at Gewiss Stadium on November 02, 2021 in Bergamo, Italy. (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Yet, under Ole, the Reds are floundering in the Premier League, out of the League Cup and likely to be torn apart in the Champions League once they face a top European side.

And whilst Man United’s owners have already, arguably, waited too long to axe Solskjaer, there does appear to be some movement behind the scenes at Old Trafford.

101 covered a report from the Sun on Saturday evening, which claimed that Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers has begun house-hunting in Manchester, having been identified as the club’s no.1 choice to replace Solskjaer.

The Northern Irishman has done a solid job at Leicester over the last several years, securing consistent Europa League football and earning the Foxes an FA Cup trophy earlier this year.

In turn, with United’s squad, on paper, of a higher quality than Leicester’s, it would be interesting to see how far Rodgers could take the Manchester outfit.

If he does take the job, the one-time Liverpool boss could opt to target a number of his former Leicester players to bolster United’s ranks in the future, and 101 have picked out three such potential targets below.

Wilfred Ndidi

The first and most obvious option is Wilfred Ndidi.

Manchester United are in desperate, desperate need of a proper, young, defensive midfielder who can sit in front of the back-four and break down attacks.

And in Ndidi, they would have exactly that.

Ndidi ranked fourth in the Premier League for tackles made in 2020/21, notching 108. He also made the most tackles of any player in the midfield 3rd last season (49).

Elsewhere, the African ranked fourth overall for most interceptions made, and is the 2nd best midfielder on that list with 62.

So far this term, meanwhile, Ndidi has made the 5th most tackles and interceptions of any midfielder in the English top-flight. (All stats taken from FBREF.)

Youri Tielemans

The second player whom Brendan Rodgers should look to bring to Manchester United is Youri Tielemans.

The Belgian is also a central midfielder, but of a less defensive mindset than Ndidi, operating in more of a box-to-box role.

Granted, Manchester United do already have Scott McTominay and Fred who aim (often unsuccessfully) to perform a similar role.

However, it is pretty clear that Tielemans is of a higher quality than both Red Devils stars, and looks set to be one of the best midfielders in England for the next while.

Despite operating in a fairly deep role, Tielemans has so far scored three and assisted two for Leicester this term, having previously netted the FA Cup final-winning goal earlier this year:

Wesley Fofana

The final player Brendan Rodgers could look to sign from Leicester is Wesley Fofana.

Yes, he is currently out injured, but moves for top players generally happen in the summer transfer window anyway, at which point the stopper should be back fit.

Fofana is one of the most promising centre-backs in Europe at present and, before his injury picked up versus Villarreal, looked set to be one of the Foxes’ starting centre-halves this term.

As such, with Fofana still only 20, Rodgers would likely be able to use the Frenchman as a back-up to key defenders Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane without worrying too much about appeasing star players.

It is also worth noting that Victor Lindelof is currently Manchester United’s third-choice CB, a player whom Fofana would represent a serious upgrade on.


This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea FC 13 26 30
2 Manchester City 13 20 29
3 Liverpool FC 13 28 28
4 West Ham United 13 8 23
5 Arsenal FC 13 -2 23
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 0 20
7 Tottenham Hotspur 12 -6 19
8 Manchester United 13 -1 18
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 13 -2 18
10 Leicester City 13 -3 18
11 Crystal Palace 13 0 16
12 Brentford FC 13 0 16
13 Aston Villa 13 -3 16
14 Everton FC 13 -4 15
15 Southampton FC 13 -7 14
16 Watford FC 13 -6 13
17 Leeds United 13 -8 12
18 Burnley FC 12 -6 9
19 Norwich City 13 -20 9
20 Newcastle United 13 -14 6

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Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 11
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5
Raphinha Leeds United 5
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 5
James, Reece Chelsea FC 4
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 4
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Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 4
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