Wayne Rooney sends message to Man United about Mauricio Pochettino

The former Manchester United captain has his say on the club's search for a new permanent manager

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Mauricio Pochettino (Photo: Screengrab)

Wayne Rooney believes Mauricio Pochettino should become the next Manchester United manager if his former club don’t appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Red Devils are searching for their next permanent manager after the 20-time English champions parted company with Jose Mourinho in December.

Solskjaer was appointed as the interim Manchester United boss despite his disappointing stint in charge of Cardiff City in 2014.

The retired Norwegian striker has made an excellent start to his spell in charge after going unbeaten in his first 10 games in charge.

The Manchester United legend has collected 22 points from his eight Premier League games in charge to challenge for a top-four finish.

Solskjaer has also steered Manchester United into the FA Cup fifth round and only Chelsea FC stand in the way of a quarter-final spot.

Pochettino continues to be linked with the Old Trafford role despite Solskjaer’s excellent start to his Old Trafford reign.

Former Manchester United striker Rooney believes the Argentinian is a great option if Manchester United decline to appoint Solskjaer.

“Ole Gunnar’s a fantastic person,” Rooney told CNN.

“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.”

Pochettino took over the reins of Tottenham from Tim Sherwood in 2014.

The former Southampton boss has led Spurs to a top-four finish in three of his four seasons in charge.

However, the retired Argentina international is still waiting to win his first piece of silverware at the club.

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