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Rooney: Pochettino 'ticks every box' to be the next Manchester United manager

Mauricio Pochettino "ticks every box" to be the next long-term manager of Manchester United, according to club record goalscorer Wayne Rooney Credit: PA

Mauricio Pochettino "ticks every box" to be the next long-term manager of Manchester United, according to club record goalscorer Wayne Rooney.

The Tottenham boss has been strongly linked with the Old Trafford vacancy since the sacking of Jose Mourinho last month, and Rooney believes his record at Spurs makes him the ideal candidate for the job.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in interim charge of United and has overseen seven wins out of seven since taking on the role, with the latest success being a 2-1 Premier League victory over Brighton on Saturday.

Rooney, working as an analyst for ESPN FC, said: "I think first of all you have to give Ole an opportunity, if he continues the way he is going then I'm sure that will be a discussion for (executive vice-chairman) Ed Woodward and the Glazers whether he keeps the job. But if I had the opportunity to appoint somebody then I would go all out for Pochettino.

"Manchester United - for the last 20 or 30 years, since Sir Alex Ferguson anyway - have based themselves on young players, bringing players through.

"Pochettino gets the best out of his players, whether they're young or older players, but he also gives the young players a chance.

"You see some of the young players he has brought through at Tottenham, and Southampton, who have gone on to play for the national team.

"I think he ticks every box in terms of his quality as a coach but also his willingness to give young players a chance."


Former Man Utd striker Rossi loving reunion with Old Trafford club

Rossi is training with Man Utd. Credit: PA

Giuseppe Rossi is back with the Manchester United family and looking to make up for lost time as the free agent steps up his search for a new club.

Raised in the United States and reared in United's academy, the Italy international is back in the north west sharpening his finishing and fitness after a period punctuated by injury problems.

Rossi came through the club's fabled youth system and became one of the continent's brightest strikers, leaving Old Trafford for Villarreal in 2007 before a string of serious knee injuries threw things off kilter - setbacks that have failed to dim his hunger and positivity.

A free agent since leaving Genoa in the summer, the 31-year-old last week hotfooted it from his New Jersey base to Carrington as soon as the invitation came in from former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to train with United's first team and aid his search for a new home.

"This just shows you how much of a family Manchester United is," Rossi told Press Association Sport. "They have always taken care of their players.

"It's a real privilege to have this opportunity and be given this opportunity. It feels really good.

"When I heard about this opportunity it just brought so much joy.

"It's great to be playing with these exceptional players that I've been training with. It's helping me stay fit and stay sharp because if you're not sharp they'll definitely be on you.

"I make sure that I'm doing the best I can to better myself but also to help the team do the right things in training."


Pogba's brother: 'Man United struggles down to Mourinho'

Pogba and Mourinho have endured a fractious relationship at Man United. Credit: PA

Paul Pogba's struggles at Manchester United were all the fault of Jose Mourinho, according to the midfielder's brother.

Mathias Pogba has lifted the lid on the relationship behind the scenes by claiming the former manager's ego dominated the dressing room.

"It was Mourinho who was the problem," Mathias Pogba told RMC Sport.

"Mourinho still wants to be the centre of attention. The problem was Mourinho, right down the line.

"In the locker room, outside the locker room...everything, I know my brother, and you tell him, 'Go. Go play ', the rest, he will do it.

"From what we see of Mourinho, he always wants to be the maestro, the centre of attention.

"(Paul) does not even calculate that aspect: you respect him, he will respect you, you trust him, he will produce big performances."

Lukaku: Man Utd are 'back' under Solskjaer

Lukaku scored in the FA Cup win over Reading. Credit: PA

Romelu Lukaku believes Manchester United are "back to ourselves" after a difficult few months.

Jose Mourinho's sacking has rebooted things at Old Trafford, where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could scarcely have wished for a better start to life as caretaker manager.

The Norwegian has overseen five wins from as many matches, emulating the great Sir Matt Busby in making that 100 per cent start to life in the United hot seat.

Saturday's 2-0 win against Reading in the FA Cup was the most unconvincing of those triumphs to date, but Lukaku believes Solskjaer has got the team back to where it should be.

Put to the striker that things are going well after scoring in a third-successive match, he said: "Yeah, not only for me but for the rest of the team.

"I think we are back to ourselves and it's good to see the players enjoy (it) and winning games, which is the most important thing.

"We are Manchester United and we try to go out there and win every game."

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