Brendan Rodger’s appointment could see Manchester United return to their old traditions – Omar Garrick

Manchester United’s managerial situation is marked by confusion and I do not think anyone knows what is really going on.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær seems to be sticking to his job after only picking up two wins out of his last six matches in all tournaments. United have only won once in their last eight Premier League matches, which has put pressure on the Norwegian.

BUT Sport understands that Solskjær is still on loan as United coach, and although it seems unlikely to turn things around, the club has yet to find an obvious replacement if they decide to make a change.

Can you understand why United have not made a change? It feels very repetitive – do you remember what happened to Jose Mourinho? Well, Solskjær is three points behind the figure that the Portuguese manager had before he was fired in December 2018.

As much as I want Solskjær to be successful and want to support him while he is still in a job, it feels as if the writing is on the wall.

It’s a shame that United are where they are under Solskjær, because the previous two seasons showed progress. They finished in second place last season and reached a Europa League final, so the manager deserved to be given this season.

However, expectations rose at United with the summer acquisitions of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo. People expected United to challenge, and unfortunately things look bleak.

One area where Solskjær has gone wrong this season is his lack of faith in United’s youth.

United’s manager has proved that he has previously put his trust in the youth. The most infamous example is Mason Greenwood, who made his debut by Solskjær when he was interim manager and has continued to grow under the 48-year-old’s guidance.

Solskjær has also made his debut for people like Anthony Elanga, Brandon Williams, James Garner and Ethan Laird, but there is a problem. Do you know what it is?

One can not question his ability to use the youth, but does he use it enough? When you think about it, Greenwood is the only established youngster in the senior squad who has come through the academy during Solskjær’s reign, but others have not had the same number of minutes to perform.

The Swedish young Elanga was sensational during the pre-season for the club and even scored on the last day of the last campaign when United beat Wolves at Molineux.

This has led some people to criticize Solskjær over the issue, and if one is to believe reports, one of United’s potential candidates to replace him has a history of believing in the youth.

Solskjær needs to go back to his old ways and start giving academy players more minutes (Photo by Matthew Peters / Manchester United via Getty Images)

Brendan Rodgers is reportedly one of the preferred choices to replace Solskjær if he leaves Old Trafford, and one area of ​​his management that is likely to appeal to United’s hierarchy is his history of giving youngsters a chance.

At Liverpool, he made his debut for the likes of Raheem Sterling and Conor Coady, while raising players such as Philippe Coutinho, Emre Can, Joe Gomez and Jordan Ibe to become first-team players.

During his time at Leicester we have seen him put his trust in young players like Harvey Barnes, Luke Thomas and Hamza Choudhury, while he has also signed with the likes of Wesley Fofana, Patson Daka and Boubakary Soumare.

Clearly, if Rodgers came to United, he would bring a core trait that is prone to United’s traditions – playing the academy’s players.

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He’s not my personal choice because I feel there are better options out there, but if he came to Old Trafford you would not bet he’s handing out regular playing time to players like Shola Shoretire, Anthony Elanga, Teden Mengi and Hannibal Mejbri.

Can Solskjær turn things around before a new manager takes his job? He can, but he must return to what he was good at during his first and second regular year at the club. Play the youth and they will trust you too!

Will it happen? I hope so, but if it does not, United know there are other candidates who would give minutes to youngsters.

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