Published: Wed, February 06, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Wayne Rooney: Solskjaer in pole position for United job ahead of Pochettino

Wayne Rooney: Solskjaer in pole position for United job ahead of Pochettino

Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deserves the chance to take over as permanent boss while Tottenham Hotspur's Mauricio Pochettino is the best alternative, according to former club captain Wayne Rooney. "And a little bit more", said Solskjaer in an interview with Sky Sports, although he admitted it was hard work.

The Norwegian has enjoyed a fabulous start to his tenure as the Red Devils' manager, winning nine of his first ten games in charge in all competitions, putting the club just two points behind Chelsea in fourth, as well as reaching the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Talking about his future in December, he said: 'I feel as fit as when I was 21 years old.

"I know the culture and identity of the club and the playing style".

"I wasn't ready for that fight". He was named a finalist for MLS' Most Valuable Player Award.

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Solskjaer also praised his current crop of players, each of whom has nearly universally seen their performances improve markedly since the Norwegian coach came in.

And it appears summer signing Diogo Dalot - signed from Porto as a long-term solution at right-back - may have to play second fiddle to Young for another season. To try to dominate teams, to try to win games the right way.

Herrera, meanwhile, says the United squad has been rejuvenated under Solskjaer, but refused to compare the current mood to the atmosphere that existed under Mourinho.

There are other hallmarks of Ferguson's in Solskjaer's methods; his willingness to delegate to his coaching staff and his emphasis on the personality of the United players to embrace pressure and attacking football - but it is importantly pointed out that the Scotsman isn't picking the team.

"It will be a big mistake if we think further than Fulham".

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