Wayne Rooney Names The Man Who Should Become United’s Permanent Manager

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There is no denying that more than a few Manchester United fans will want Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to continue on at the helm of the club even after the end of this season.

The Norwegian’s run of games reached an unbeaten seven with their Premier League victory over Brighton, and spirits at Old Trafford are at the highest they’ve been all season.

As the months go on, the decision between giving Solskjaer the full-time gig versus prying Mauricio Pochettino away from Tottenham will be a crucial task for the higher-ups at the Mancunian giants to sort.

Now, club legend and all-time top-scorer Wayne Rooney has weighed in on the debate, and his stance may surprise a few.

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Speaking to ESPN, Rooney said: “First of all you have to give Ole an opportunity and that’s a discussion that has to take place with the Glazers.”

This comes as no surprise, as the England international played alongside the Norwegian during his stint with the Red Devils. However, his own choice lies elsewhere, as he adds: “But if I had the opportunity to appoint someone, I’d go all out for Pochettino.

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“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 stressed further on the youth factor, stating: “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.”

While Solskjaer has also promised to give the youth graduates at the club a fair chance, the decision will still be a hard one for the club to make.