Manchester United legend and current D.C. United’s striker Wayne Rooney feels that his former side should do all they can to lure the current Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettinho. Rooney has said that Pochettinho should be the first choice. However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be given his fair chance after his perfect start as an interim manager according to the former England striker.
After the sacking of Jose Mourinho, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as an interim manager and this move steadied the United ship and brought them back in contention for the top four with six wins out of six and the latest one being against Tottenham.
Although these straight wins puts Solskjaer in a great spot to take up the full-time job at Old Trafford, Pochettinho remains as club’s top target to take over the role permanently.
“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 also spoke about the rift between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho. He said, “Well I think with Paul, I watched him come through the academy at United and he’s got a lot of ability. But the difficult time he was going through, if you don’t have a good relationship with the coach, then it’s difficult to be at your top if you feel like the coach is scrutinising every decision you make, every pass you make.”
“Paul Pogba will give the ball away, he’ll try passes [and] it won’t be the right pass at times, but you have to let him do that because two or three of the passes will create goals, will create opportunities.”
“I think he found it difficult under Mourinho. I think a player and a manager with big egos clashed and the outcome was never going to be great.”, added Wayne Rooney.