Wayne Rooney: I would pick Mauricio Pochettino as next the Man United manager

Wayne Rooney: I would pick Mauricio Pochettino as next the Man United manager

Wayne Rooney has stated that he would prefer Mauricio Pochettino as Man United's next manager.

Ralf Rangnick is now in command at Old Trafford, but the interim manager will move down in the summer, with United recently intensifying their hunt for a replacement.

After holding interviews with a number of applicants, two individuals emerged as frontrunners for the position: Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag and Pochettino, who is presently the PSG coach.

Speaking on Monday Night Football, Rooney said:

"Pochettino has done it in the Premier League. At Tottenham and at Southampton he brought a lot of young players through."

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"If I'm choosing from one of the two, I'd go with Pochettino and I'd give him time. Managers need time to come in and actually put their blueprint on the team, on the club. If you give him time I think he'll do well."

"Manchester City and Liverpool...have been built together and recruited over a period of five or six years - all of them under the premise of how the coaches want to play,” Rangnick said recently. "I told the board this is what has to happen [at United].

“Whenever the new head coach is clear, it has to be: how does he want to play and what kind of players do we need for that? Then we come back to DNA, speed, physicality, and tempo. What do we need? This team does not lack technical players, it can do with more physicality."

Reports in England claim that the Man United board has already decided on Ten Hag, but it is yet to be officially confirmed.

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