Wayne Rooney believes either caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer or Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino should be appointed as permanent Manchester United manager.
The Red Devils have climbed to fifth in the Premier League – just two points outside of the top four – under interim manager Solskjaer. The Norway legend was handed the reins at Old Trafford following Jose Mourinho’s sacking in December.
While United were adamant Solskjaer was a short-term appointment, the team’s upturn in results and performances have led to suggestions of a long-term stay at his former club.
Rooney says it would be ‘nice’ to see Solskjaer given the job on a full-time basis but admits he would also have faith in Pochettino bringing success to the Theatre of Dreams.
The former Manchester United and England captain told CNN: ‘Ole’s a fantastic person. ‘I think, the club will have a decision to make at the end of the season, and it’d be nice to see if Ole’s going to continue with this form, and get a shot at the job on the payment basis.
‘But if not, if the club go to choose from somewhere else, then I think in my opinion Pochettino would be the right guy.’
Manchester United record goalscorer Rooney won five Premier League titles and the Champions League at Old Trafford. The 33-year-old left England last year to join MLS side DC United but says he still has the ‘quality’ to play in the Premier League.
He added: ‘If I’m being honest, I know quality wise, I can still play in the Premier League. ‘I know that. I’ve always been a confident person, and so I have high expectations of myself.