Manchester United should appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their permanent manager but keep Mauricio Pochettino as a back-up option, according to ex-striker Wayne Rooney, via CNN.
United have enjoyed an unbeaten run under the Norwegian and sit just two points off the top four.
Solskjaer has gone 10 games unbeaten at the helm, in all competitions, and has beaten the likes of Tottenham Hotspur – managed by Pochettino – Arsenal and, most recently, Leicester City.
Their excellent form has placed them back into contention for qualification for the Champions League.
And Rooney, who played with Solskjaer at Old Trafford, believes that the Norwegian should be given the job on a permanent basis in the summer.
However, he has called on the club to keep Spurs boss Pochettino in mind when they make their next move.
“Ole Gunnar’s a fantastic person,” Rooney told CNN.
“I think, the club will have a decision to make at the end of the season, and it’d be nice to see if Ole’s going to continue with this form, and get a shot at the job on a permanent basis.
Rooney’s words will not go down well in north London.
It is all very well touting Pochettino as a possible successor to Jose Mourinho – many have done that – but to claim that he should be the back-up is slightly ridiculous.
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United do have a decision to make in the summer and it would be best for all concerned if they were forthright in making that choice.
Pochettino could be the man to take them to the next level, but so too could Solskjaer.
Man United chiefs need to make the call and they would do well to tell those involved quickly so this circus can end.