Brendan Rodgers, Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool

Rodgers dismisses talk of Manchester Utd job

Brendan Rodgers has dismissed suggestions of managing Manchester United, insisting his past with Liverpool means it is a non-starter.

Rodgers, who was sacked by Liverpool in October, also defended under-fire boss Louis van Gaal who has come in for some fierce criticism for their style of play and performances.

Van Gaal had reportedly offered his resignation following United’s 1-0 defeat to Southampton but the club’s chief executive Ed Woodward told him to carry on.

But Rodgers concedes he’s isn’t likely to be his successor now or ever at Old Trafford.

“When you manage Liverpool you know the Manchester United job is gone,” he told talkSPORT.

“I see a lot of the criticism he gets, but there’s no way that Louis van Gaal is sending the players out to have the least amount of shots on target.

“This is a guy who’s been around a long time and he built a team in [19]95 at Ajax that everyone talked about for years. Yes, it was possession-based football, but it was a real attacking blend of football.

“Obviously at Barcelona it was the same. He went on to Bayern Munich and they were a bit more possession-based, but they were still attacking.

“I think it’s a lot about the players as well. You look at Manchester United, do they have the players that can excite like what they had did before? That’s part to do with it as well.

“It is one of those ones where the media have got their teeth into him and it is every day and every week now he gets the criticism.

“But this is a guy who has been at the top of his game for a long, long time. It is difficult for him but he would have known coming to this country what it is like.”

Rodgers lavished praise on Daniel Sturridge who has been struggling with injury at Liverpool.

“Daniel is a player that makes a difference. When you have that type of player you want to do everything you can for him.

“He makes the team better. He makes everyone else better. He is a wonderful boy. If he is fit, then he is massive for England as well because he has got everything.”

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