Rooney kicks against Solskjaer becoming Man Utd permanent manager

DC United striker, Wayne Rooney, has urged his former Manchester United team to go “all out” in their efforts to lure Mauricio Pochettino away from Tottenham.

Rooney admitted that interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is doing a great job and deserves an opportunity, but said he’d go with Pochettino if the decision was left to him.

“First of all you have to give Ole an opportunity and that’s a discussion that has to take place with the Glazers.

“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,” Rooney told ESPN FC in an exclusive interview at Major League Soccer’s media days.