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Rooney: Manchester United should ‘go all out’ to appoint Pochettino

Ex Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney believes his former club should do everything they can to appoint Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino as their next full time manager.

Rooney’s former United teammate, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, took over as caretaker boss just before Christmas following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, after the Portuguese coach had led the Old Trafford outfit to their worst start to a league campaign in almost 30 years.

Solskjaer has done a superb job so far, winning seven games on the trot, and just as importantly for many fans he has done so while playing an exciting, attacking brand of football.

However, Argentine coach Mauricio Pochettino remains the Bookies favourite to land the Manchester United job on a full-time basis, after guiding Spurs to three consecutive top-four finishes on a fraction of the budget other clubs in the top six have.

Rooney feels that Pochettino’s track record of developing youngsters and generally just getting the best out of the players he manages means United should go all out to bring him to Old Trafford.

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“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.”

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