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Rooney Backs Pochettino To Be Next Manchester United Manager

Rooney Backs Pochettino To Be Next Manchester United Manager
By PJ Browne

Wayne Rooney would choose Mauricio Pochettino over Erik ten Hag to be the next Manchester United manager.

"I think Pochettino’s done it in the Premier League," Rooney said on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football.

"He knows the Premier League. At Tottenham, he brought a lot of young players through, at Southampton as well.

"If I’m choosing from one of them two, that’s who I’d choose.

"I’d go with Pochettino, and give him time. For managers now, they need time to come in and actually put their blueprint on the club and the team, and if you give him time, I think he’ll do well.

"Pochettino, in my opinion, is a top manager. He knows how to work with top class players but also with young players. They need to get that blend right because they can't afford to fail again.

"They've got good, young players. Sancho will be better next year. Marcus will be better next year. Jesse Lingard should be playing for them because he brings energy, he brings quality. Scott McTominay has done well."

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Rooney added that is has got to a stage for Paul Poga where "it probably is better for him to move on" from Manchester United. The 29-year-old's deal with the club expires this summer.

'It hasn't worked at Manchester United for him'

"If Paul is honest with himself, he probably hasn't had the impact he would have like since he returned to Manchester United," said Rooney.

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"I watch him play for France and he's a completely different player. The ability, the vision, control of the game, is there every game for France. It just hasn't quite worked at Manchester United for him.

"There are a few players that they need to let go."

Rooney also believes that the re-signing of Cristiano Ronaldo has not worked out.

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"He's scored goals, important goals in the Champions League early on," said Rooney.

"He scored the hat-trick against Tottenham. If you're looking to the future of the club, you have to go with younger, hungry players to do their best, and lift Manchester United over these next two or three years.

"Obviously, Cristiano is getting on a bit. He certainly isn't the player he was when he was in his 20s. That happens, it's football. He's a goal threat. The rest of the game, you need more, you need young, hungry players."

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