By Matt Gallagher

Liverpool fans are rejoicing at the problems facing fierce rivals Manchester United as the search for a new manager at Old Trafford gets underway.

Since the poor performance in a 1-0 loss at home to Aston Villa in September, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had been under huge pressure to deliver.

Mohamed Salah’s hat-trick at Old Trafford a month later in the 5-0 defeat appeared to be the catalyst to his departure.

The loss at Vicarage Road – four defeats from five – and the Norwegian was sacked the next day.

Many Liverpool fans in the city today had hoped the United manager had stayed to continue to decline.

“I’m disappointed and I’m sure others are as well,” said one with a wry smile.

However, another fan’s opinion was in complete contrast:

“No, I’m not concerned. Any team is the same if the results go against you, you’ll be out the door.

“Whoever they get they’ll have to bed in anyway, the results might not be positive straight away.”

So who is likely to replace Solskjaer down the M62?

The Reds fans spoke out if there was any manager that came into the club would threaten the top three:

“I don’t know if Zinedine Zidane will be the right choice,” said one.

“The first thing he’d want is a lot of money.

“He’d want to bring in players so he can build the squad in his own way. But Zidane is a proven winner.”

One fan mentioned the ex-Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, who since leaving the club has had success at both Celtic and current team Leicester.

“He’s done really well. It would be ironic with Liverpool, but it depends on what United are offering.

“It also depends on what he personally wants to do and what deal he has with Leicester.”

Rodgers has guided Leicester to the Europa League and the 2020/21 FA Cup.

The Northern Irishman is thought very highly of on the red side of Merseyside, especially after nearly securing the 2013/14 Premier League title.

But his appointment to their biggest rivals could cause a huge uproar in Liverpool and resurrect United’s form.

(Featured image by Tor Atle Kleven, creative commons licence)