Wayne Rooney reveals which manager he wants as Man United head coach

Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney has backed Mauricio Pochettino to be the next permanent manager of the Red Devils following Jose Mourinho’s shock dismissal.

The Old Trafford club played their first match since the Special One departed on Saturday night, winning 5-1 under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – their biggest goal haul since Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge.

Wayne Rooney was in Cardiff on punditry duty for BT Sport for the game and, despite being impressed with his old teammate’s debut game, would not give him the job.

When the former England captain was asked who he wanted to be the next permanent Man United boss – Solskjaer, Pochettino or Zinedine Zidane – Rooney replied simply: ‘Poch.’

Danny Gabbidon and Michael Owen, who were also in the studio, both agreed that Tottenham boss was the number one man for the job.

Rooney said: ‘Of course I stay in touch with a lot of people at the club. I’ve spoken to them quite a lot certainly this week and I think to be a successful football club you need everything to be right.

‘You need the staff at the training ground to be right, the groundsman whoever that is to feel happy and that rubs off on the players and I think that relationship between some of the staff and the players obviously wasn’t great. Bringing Ole in, bringing Mick Phelan in that’s already changed.

‘The staff at the training ground are smiling, they’re happy, and that rubs off on the players. I think it’s a good move for the club while it gives the more time to get the right manager in place in the summer.’