Mauricio Pochettino Should Be United Boss if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Not Appointed, Says Wayne Rooney

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Wayne Rooney, Manchester United’s all-time leading scorer, has weighed in on who he believes should be the club’s next full time manager. Since taking over for the sacked Jose Mourinho on December 18, interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has nine wins and one draw in ten games.

United have acquired 22 points in eight league games under Solskjaer, having accrued only 26 in the 17 outings under Mourinho. Rooney believes the Norwegian, known as the “baby-faced assassin” during his playing days, deserves the chance to be the full time boss. Given the way the team in playing right now, he may indeed get his shot.

If this situation doesn’t materialize however, Rooney believes the the best man for the job is the same guy who is most often linked to it on the transfer talk back pages- Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino.

“It’d be nice to see Ole Gunnar continue with this form and get a shot at the job on a permanent basis,” Rooney said in an interview with CNN, “but if not, if the club go to choose from somewhere else, then I think Pochettino would be the right guy.”

In the same interview, the 33-year-old made a statement that is sure to raise a few eyebrows. Wazza still thinks he has the chops to compete in England’s top flight.

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“If I’m being honest, quality wise I can still play in the Premier League. I know that, I’ve always been a confident person, so I have high expectations of myself,” said Rooney.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, regularly appears as a guest pundit on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation

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