Wayne Rooney supports Mauricio Pochettino to take over from Manchester United

Wayne Rooney would have chosen Mauricio Pochettino in place of Erik ten Hag to become the manager of his former club, Manchester United.

United became second manager of the season after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lost his job in November and Ralf Rangnick was named interim until the end of the campaign.

PSG manager Pochettino and Ajax manager Ten Hag are favorites to lead Old Trafford this summer, and former England forward Rooney has made their preference clear.

Wayne Rooney, manager of Derby County (Richard Sellers / PA)

“I think Pochettino did it in the Premier League, he knows the Premier League,” said Rooney, who has won five Premier League titles as a player at United.

“He has brought a lot of young players to Tottenham and a lot of young players to Southampton, so if I choose one of them, that’s the one I choose.

“I think I would go with Pochettino and give him time. For managers now they need time to come and make their mark on the club and team, and I think it would be nice if they gave them time.

Paul Pogba, whose contract expired this summer, has been scrutinized for his recent performances at United, and Derby boss Rooney believes the midfielder’s move to the club is about to end.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba’s contract expires this summer (Martin Rickett / PA)

“I think he’s gotten to a point now where it’s probably best for him to move on, and I think Paul is being honest with himself,” Rooney told Sky Sports.

“He probably hasn’t had the effect he wanted since returning to Manchester United.

I watch him play for France and he is a completely different player, the talent, the vision, the control of the game, he is present in every game with France and it didn’t work for him at Manchester United and I think he is one of the few players who they really need to move on.

Source: Herald Scotland