Next Man Utd manager: There have been speculations over next permanent manager at Old Trafford and Rooney now gives his opinion.
Manchester United have been impressive under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer so far. The side is yet to drop points under his charge, defeating Tottenham 1-0 last weekend in a major breakthrough this season.
United are currently level on points with fifth-placed Arsenal, who were 11 points ahead of the Old Trafford outfit at the time of Solskjaer’s appointment.
However, the club’s process of identifying a permanent manager at the beginning of the new season continues, and Solskjaer has been vocal on the same in his press conferences.
“Of course, when I came in they were open and honest about, they’re going to have a process, looking for the next manager but the more you’re here, the more you enjoy it,” The Norwegian said in his press conference ahead of the FA Cup third round clash against Reading earlier this month.
However, he also hinted that he is not entirely out of the race to become the next permanent manager at the club.
“It’s one game at a time and the day they announce the next manager, if it’s me or someone else, good luck,” Solskjaer said.
And now, Wayne Rooney has given his opinion on who should be the new boss at Old Trafford.
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Wayne Rooney, in an interview with ESPN FC, stated that he prefers current Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino to take on the managerial role next summer.
However, he acknowledged that the club should have a closed-door discussion with Solskjaer as he deserves his opportunity.
“First of all you have to give Ole an opportunity and that’s a discussion that has to take place with the Glazers,” said Rooney.
Pogba: “It’s like home for him (Solskjaer). He knows he didn’t really change. He just came back to the time of Ferguson. The training, the way we use the box, it’s everything like before.” #mufc [BBC] pic.twitter.com/S0is71aiVy
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) January 18, 2019
If United win today, Solskjaer will have matched Mourinho’s best league-winning run of six games with #mufc. United have not won seven in a row across all competitions since January 2017.
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) January 19, 2019
“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.”
Rooney appreciated Pochettino’s work with Tottenham and Southampton, stating that Pochettino ‘ticks every box’ in the qualities needed to be a United manager.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now favourite to become Manchester United’s next permanent manager. The tactical work he did in Dubai ahead of the Spurs game has particularly impressed the board. #mufc [Neil Custis]
— Man Utd Empire (@Empire_Mu) January 16, 2019
“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.”