Wayne Rooney delivers his verdict on Jose Mourinho's permanent replacement at Man Utd

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Manchester United are simply flying under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

There were certainly a few eyebrows raised when the Molde coach was chosen as Jose Mourinho's successor, but the doubters are now few and far between after six wins in six games.

Victories over Cardiff City, Huddersfield Town, Bournemouth, Newcastle United and Reading really set the tone, before taking three points from Tottenham Hotspur really emphasised the turnaround.

Not only that, but the manner of the performances have ensured that everyone in the footballing world is taking note and that includes on the other side of the pond.

The club's all-time top scorer Wayne Rooney has been plying his trade in Major League Soccer, while still keeping a close eye on his former side.

Great changes under Solskjaer

And during a lengthly interview with ESPN, he was happy to report on the change of style, noting: "I think it wasn't nice watching Manchester United over the last year.

"You need small details of course, but the biggest thing the players need is to just go play and to go enjoy yourself."

Too right and that's exactly what Solskjaer has been encouraging at the club, but will it be enough to secure the permanent job in the summer?

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Rooney gives his honest suggestion 

It's certainly a tricky question and one that was put to Rooney, who explained who he would sign if the decision was down 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," Rooney answered.

"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."

Very interesting, Wayne.

It's an opinion matched by many United fans, but there are real fears about the feasibility of stealing Mauricio Pochettino from Tottenham's grasps. 


Daniel Levy is a notoriously tough negotiator, Spurs are just months away from moving into their new stadium and Pochettino is still contracted until 2023.

As a result, going 'all out' for Pochettino might not be enough and United would either have to stick by Solskjaer or look elsewhere for a true replacement.

Over to you, Ed Woodward.

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