Wayne Rooney Reveals His Choice For José Mourinho's Permanent Successor At Manchester United
Wayne Rooney has revealed his choice for the next permanent manager of Manchester United.
Speaking to ESPN, the all-time record scorer for England and United admitted that it was hard to watch his former side play under José Mourinho.
"I think it wasn't nice watching Manchester United over the last year," he said.
"You need small details, of course, but the biggest thing the players need is to just go play and to go enjoy yourself."
While Ole Gunnar Solskjær has had a brilliant start to life as United's caretaker boss -- he has won all of his matches so far -- the Red Devils are on the hunt for a permanent manager to succeed Mourinho after his sacking in December.
When Rooney was asked about who should become the next manager at the club, he had one name already in mind.
"First of all you have to give Ole an opportunity and that's a discussion that has to take place with the Glazers," he said.
"But if I had the opportunity to appoint someone, I'd go all out for [Mauricio] 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."
United will host Brighton at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Solskjær, who wants to stay at United beyond his caretaker duties, believes that embracing change is important in football, especially when it comes to how players are treated.
"I think [you have to treat players differently now] -- times are changing," he told Sky Sports.
"I'm old enough to have worked with older players and older managers so I know that type of player and management school.
"But I'm young enough [to understand modern players], and I've got kids -- an 18-year-old -- myself, and I have worked now with young players back home. It is a different era.
"I wouldn't say they are more powerful, but it's different because with social media the society they grow up in -- I sound so old now -- it is such a different era.
"Now everything is just on Twitter, Facebook or whatever it is straight away. As long as it is not malicious [it's fine], that's just the reality we live in.
"They still have to have the values of a team. If players want to help the team, they deserve to be here. If they don't want to help the team, they don't deserve to be here. Those values and beliefs don't change."
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