Cape Town - Wayne Rooney reckons Manchester United should do
everything in their power to bring Tottenham United boss Mauricio Pochettino to Old
Caretaker-boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done a fantastic job
since taking over from Jose Mourinho, leading United to six straight wins in
all competitions, but even though Rooney acknowledges his former team-mate has
done a great job, he still believes Spurs' current boss should be the man for
the job in the long-term.
"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
"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."
Meanwhile, United's record signing Paul Pogba appears to be
flourishing under Solskjaer, and Rooney believes United suffered because of a
clash of egos between the World Cup winner and Mourinho.
"Well I think with Paul, I watched him come through the
academy at United and he's got a lot of ability," he said.
"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 them passes will create goals, will create
"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