Former Manchester United Forward, Wayne Rooney says his first choice for Manchester United manager is Mauricio Pochettino, though he believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserves a chance to prove himself.
Solskjaer was appointed on an interim basis after Jose Mourinho was sacked in December, and has overseen a major turnaround in the Red Devils’ fortunes.
The club has reeled off six straight victories, with the latest a 1-0 triumph over Pochettino and Tottenham at Wembley, catapulting United back into the top-four race.
However, while the performance under Solskjaer thus far have increased his chances of getting the full-time gig, Pochettino is still seen by many as the club’s top target.
And Rooney, a former team-mate of Solskjaer at United, is still of the opinion that Pochettino would be the best man for the job.
“First of all you have to give Ole an opportunity and that’s a discussion that has to take place with the Glazers,” Rooney told ESPN “But if I had the opportunity to appoint someone, I’d go all out for Pochettino.
“I think Manchester United – certainly over the last 20, 30 years, since Alex Ferguson – have based themselves on youth players, young players, bringing players through. I think [Pochettino] gets the best out of his players whether they are younger or older.
“You see some of the young players he has brought through at Tottenham, at Southampton that have gone on to play for the national team, so I think he ticks every box in terms of his quality as a coach, but also his willingness to give youth a chance.”
Rooney, who joined D.C. United from Everton last summer, insists it was difficult to watch the Red Devils under Mourinho and is pleased that Solskjaer is giving his star names the freedom to play.
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