Wayne Rooney believes that Manchester United should do all they can to secure current Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino, as the permanent replacement for Jose Mourinho.
His former teammate, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, was appointed as the interim manager until the end of the season, and has made a significant impact already, winning all of his six games.
The Norwegian has made no secret of his desire to remain on in the position but speaking to ESPN FC, Rooney maintained that Pochettino is the right fit for the club going forward.
“First of all you have to give Ole an opportunity and that’s a discussion that has to take place with the Glazers, 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.”
The 20-time Premier League champions have appeared as a revitalised team under Solskjaer and while players such as Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini appear to left out of the caretaker manager’s plans, other players, like Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford, have flourished.
Following the negative attitude that embodied the squad during Mourinho’s reign, Rooney admits that it is pleasing to see the players enjoying their football once again.
“I think it wasn’t nice watching Manchester United over the last year and knowing the players weren’t happy, they weren’t enjoying it and I think all he’s done is say ‘go and play, go and express yourselves, and enjoy it.’”
“When you are playing at Manchester United you are good enough to know how to play the game and to know what you have to do on the pitch. You need small details of course, but the biggest thing the players need is to just go play and to go enjoy yourself.”
Watch the interview below.