Paul Merson has been at it again. The former Arsenal man notoriously puts his foot in it with some outlandish opinions and predictions. He spoke on Sky Football‘s The Debate this week and gave his opinion on the managerial crisis unfolding at Man United. Merson believes that Brendan Rodgers is the right man for the crisis club but there’s an obvious catch.
He told the panel “You look at Leicester, I think the manager…he’s different class”. Rodgers has certainly got Leicester performing above expectations this season. The Foxes currently stand as the best of the rest, lying in 3rd place behind Man City and Liverpool. They are only 2 points behind Pep Guardiola’s side.
Rodgers has form for exceeding expectations, in 2013/14 he took Liverpool to the brink of the Premier League title before a calamitous end to the season saw the Reds’ hopes dashed.
Merson believes that his CV is strong enough to warrant the top job at United but there is the glaring snag, he said: “he should be manager of Man United but obviously that’s not going to happen because he was manager of Liverpool.”
Playing or managing either Liverpool or Man United pretty much rules out of joining the other later on. The most famous exception to this rule is obviously Michael Owen. The former Liverpool academy player joined Old Trafford during his twilight years. The most famous example of the rule in action is arguably Gabriel Heinze, as reported by The Guardian in 2007, Liverpool were set for a court battle after Man United rejected the Reds’ offer for the player despite it meeting their asking price.