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rooney manchester utd Former striker Wayne Rooney says Manchester United "can't afford to fail again" when it comes to appointing the club's next permanent manager.

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rooney manchester utd Manchester United: Former striker Wayne Rooney says club 'can't afford to fail again' in manager search

rooney manchester utd Erik ten Hag and Mauricio Pochettino are considered the realistic contenders for the Manchester United job

Manchester United "can't afford to fail again" when it comes to appointing their next permanent manager, says the club's former striker Wayne Rooney.

The 36-year-old believes Paris St-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino would prove a better fit than Ajax's Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford.

He also suggested Paul Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo should leave the club at the end of the season.

"Pochettino has done it in the Premier League," said Derby County boss Rooney.

"He knows the league. If I'm choosing between those two, I'd go for Pochettino," he added, speaking on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football.

"He would need time and given time he would do well."

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Ex-Tottenham manager Pochettino and Ten Hag, who led Dutch champions Ajax to the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2019, are among the favourites to take over from interim boss Ralf Rangnick at the 20-time English champions.

"There hasn't been a settled manager there since Alex Ferguson. The new manager needs time," Rooney said.

"It didn't work with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and it hasn't worked with the new manager who has come in.

"Pochettino is a top manager and he knows how to work with top-class players and young players. They need to get that blend right because they can't afford to fail again."

Wayne Rooney officially retired as a player in January 2021 when he was appointed manager of Championship side Derby County on a two-and-a-half-year contract

England's record scorer Rooney, who netted 253 goals in 559 games between 2004 and 2017 for United, won the Premier League five times, the Champions League, the Europa League, the Club World Cup, the FA Cup and three League Cups during 13 years at Old Trafford.

But the club is set to go five years without a trophy, after losing to Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League in March.

They are seventh in the Premier League and three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham in the battle to secure Champions League football next season.

Rooney described United's 2021-22 campaign - in which Rangnick replaced the sacked Solskjaer in November - as a "strange season".

"I have been [to watch Manchester United] a few times and it looks like a team of individuals," Rooney said.

"They would want the season to stop now and forget about qualifying for the Champions league. They are not going to compete next season in the Champions League.

"They have to rebuild and put themselves in a place, in three years time, where they can challenge again for the Premier League."

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The future of France midfielder Pogba, who re-signed for £89m in 2016, remains uncertain with his contract expiring at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, 37-year-old Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford from Juventus last August on a two-year contract.

"It would be better for Paul Pogba to move on," Rooney said.

"He hasn't had the impact he would have liked. He's looked a completely different player for France. It hasn't quite worked at Manchester United. There are few players they need to let go.

"Ronaldo has scored important goals but looking to the future of the club you have to go with younger, hungry players. Cristiano is getting on a bit, that is football. He is a goal threat but in the rest of the game they need more."

Captain Harry Maguire has received criticism for his club performances this season - however Rooney thinks the centre-back can still be "a big part" of the club's future.

"I like Harry," Rooney said. "He hasn't been on his best form like a lot of players but for England he looks like a world-class centre-back. If he can get his confidence back he can be a big part of [the rebuild].

"They have good young players. I think Jesse Lingard should be playing, he brings energy and quality. They just have to get them confident, get them believing."

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  • M

    Comment posted by Matt Hancox Crocodile Tiers, at 23:47 4 AprMatt Hancox Crocodile Tiers

    23:47 4 AprDon’t think it matters who manages Man Utd, without a major overhaul of the playing staff they aren’t going to win anything anytime soon.

    On a semi-related note, best wishes to Louis van Gaal, I’m sure we all wish him the very best in his ongoing battle against prostate cancer.
    • E

      Reply posted by Eye_Said, at 23:58 4 AprEye_Said

      23:58 4 Aprto Matt Hancox Crocodile TiersEye_Said replied: Not heard about that. That disease killed my dad. :(
  • J

    Comment posted by JS72, at 00:01 5 AprJS72

    00:01 5 AprMan United try to convince people that the club has a winning mentality with it’s DNA steeped in tradition - when in fact it’s just turned into a cash cow for a bunch of greedy Americans - and even better it’s a cash cow they can’t kill no matter how badly they run the club or treat it’s fans, so they are going to hold on to it forever.
    • T

      Reply posted by The Arkles, at 00:07 5 AprThe Arkles

      00:07 5 Aprto JS72The Arkles replied: DNA is something thats been in a place since the beginning, there was no such DNA from the day Busby retired until the day Ferguson won his first league title, it was Fergie who had the winning DNA and it retired with him.
      They are wasting their time looking for another Fergie, he was a one off.
  • H

    Comment posted by Hard Labour, at 23:51 4 AprHard Labour

    23:51 4 AprI am far from a United fan.

    I watched Rooney on Sky tonight. Of course he has great football knowledge, no surprise there. But he also came across as surprisingly eloquent and intelligent. Enjoyed listening to him.
  • C

    Comment posted by Celts, at 23:51 4 AprCelts

    23:51 4 AprYou wanna know what the sad reality for Man United is?

    The two best managers in world football, are in charge of their two biggest rivals.

    Pochettino, Ten Haag, whoever. It doesn't matter who you bring in, you ain't getting anyone as good as Klopp or Pep.

    So long as those two are at Liverpool and City, you ain't winning any league titles.
    • P

      Reply posted by Paul M, at 23:59 4 AprPaul M

      23:59 4 Aprto CeltsPaul M replied: Tuchel looks the part to be fair. Squad not quite City or Liverpool level.
  • S

    Comment posted by Stu Gotz, at 23:51 4 AprStu Gotz

    23:51 4 AprPoch is not the answer, at Tottenham he had a youthful team willing to learn and more importantly run. At PSG he has 'superstars' who think they are bigger than the club, and he has struggled. United are full of show ponies. Lots of legends in their own lifetimes. Without a big clear out, getting rid of the bad seeds United will struggle for years. Still never mind
    • S

      Reply posted by Sorry For Your Loss, at 01:53 5 AprSorry For Your Loss

      01:53 5 Aprto Stu GotzSorry For Your Loss replied: Someone explain to me why the manager of the Championship's bottom club would be giving his opinions on Man United manager search?
  • B

    Comment posted by Bjorks Chauffeur, at 01:36 5 AprBjorks Chauffeur

    01:36 5 AprFerguson took 7 years to bring premiership to Old Trafford.
    What board would give any coach that amount of time these days?
    • S

      Reply posted by Scarlet Pimpernel, at 08:33 5 AprScarlet Pimpernel

      08:33 5 Aprto Bjorks ChauffeurScarlet Pimpernel replied: The fans were calling for fergies head. Banners for him to have the sack.
  • C

    Comment posted by Cambridgeaca, at 23:45 4 AprCambridgeaca

    23:45 4 AprSo Jesse Lingard is a young player according to Rooney. Gives me hope of playing in the Premier League one day. I am 40 and should be peaking soon.
    • P

      Reply posted by Paul M, at 00:11 5 AprPaul M

      00:11 5 Aprto CambridgeacaPaul M replied: As a Utd fan I'm gutted that a proper Utd product thought he'd leave Old Trafford with a trophy. But he's perma benched. Maybe him and his best mate Rashford should go to West Ham. I'd literally cry. What a waste of Lingard this season has been.
  • R

    Comment posted by red right hand, at 23:55 4 Aprred right hand

    23:55 4 AprGet rid of Pogba, Maguire, Ronaldo, Cavani, Mata, Phil Jones...
    That's a start. Tell Bruno to stop whingeing and focus on playing football.
    Then the rebuild can begin in earnest.
    • C

      Reply posted by coen, at 00:24 5 Aprcoen

      00:24 5 Aprto red right handcoen replied: dofe rght here man. And appoint a manager who you will back for the next three seasons!
  • B

    Comment posted by bjoujou, at 23:55 4 Aprbjoujou

    23:55 4 AprSome of the comments on here, honestly. Didn't see the broadcast but think he was almost certainly asked to talk about Man U. Do people think he stopped the pre-game chat on tonight's game to go into a specific diatribe. He also hasn't even said that much controversial either. Also, has done some credible work at Derby. Think before typing then, more often than not, do not type!
  • T

    Comment posted by Tacca, at 01:50 5 AprTacca

    01:50 5 AprAs a Liverpool fan for 20 years I thought we were 1 or 2 players away from challenging.

    Occasionally we would be brilliant and I would think if we can play like that all the time.

    The reality was it was more like 6 top players, I just couldn’t see it.

    I take no pleasure in the fact, that is now we’re Man U are now. They will never turn the corner simply by buying 2 100m players each year 1/2
    • T

      Reply posted by Tacca, at 01:57 5 AprTacca

      01:57 5 Aprto TaccaTacca replied: In reality half of transfers don’t work, so to get 6 class players you probably need to buy 12.

      In the end it took us changing our whole philosophy under Klopp and until united do something similar they are destined to make all the same mistakes we did.
  • B

    Comment posted by Boom123, at 00:13 5 AprBoom123

    00:13 5 AprThe "he's done it in the PL" in the PL statement falls flat. You have two examples in Klopp and Pep who hadn't 'done it' in the PL bossing the league.
    • D

      Reply posted by Danny, at 02:32 5 AprDanny

      02:32 5 Aprto Boom123Danny replied: But they were both backed by boards who gave them time to build a team. The results in the first couple of seasons for both Klopp and Guardiola weren't great. Compare that to Lampard's time at Chelsea or many other clubs with other managers e.g. Watford, Newcastle, Tottenham, Man Utd. Their boards expect instant success and the best they can hope for is instant luck.
  • T

    Comment posted by The Spin Doctor, at 00:08 5 AprThe Spin Doctor

    00:08 5 AprIt is true that Man Utd can't afford to fail again in their manager search, but the world knows that they will fail again anyway.
    • D

      Reply posted by David McManus, at 07:46 5 AprDavid McManus

      07:46 5 Aprto The Spin DoctorDavid McManus replied: I do not understand 'can't afford to fail again', are they going bust?

      They will not give a new manager the time they need, it will be 20 games and then the media will be calling for change.
  • O

    Comment posted by One4All, at 23:52 4 AprOne4All

    23:52 4 AprSo MU play Everton next and most likely it'll probably be depressing to watch.

    Moyes managed both these teams and 8 years on look where he is - still managing fan's expectations and of tight fisted directors, but getting results.

    Seperately, feel bad for LVG - hope he recovers. Didn't get enough backing especially ahead of Jose. Then again Jose's 'best' did bring us 2nd.

    Ole won zero

    Bad times
    • P

      Reply posted by Paul M, at 23:57 4 AprPaul M

      23:57 4 Aprto One4AllPaul M replied: Everything you said is spot on.
  • B

    Comment posted by Bojos Hapless Clown Circus, at 01:21 5 AprBojos Hapless Clown Circus

    01:21 5 AprIt's great watching them continually fail, made so much sweeter by their permanent sense of entitlement. Yesterday's club, and until they realise it, they'll be stuck there for many more years to come
    • S

      Reply posted by slayer, at 02:28 5 Aprslayer

      02:28 5 Aprto Bojos Hapless Clown Circusslayer replied: So what you are saying is that once they realise they are a yesterdays club, they will start winning trophies again?
  • P

    Comment posted by petethefeet, at 23:33 4 Aprpetethefeet

    23:33 4 AprIn other news, Ralf Rangnick picks his derby county 11…
    • I

      Reply posted by in my opinion, at 08:27 5 Aprin my opinion

      08:27 5 Aprto petethefeetin my opinion replied: Wow, who knew Ralf used to play for Derby and is their record goal scorer, you learn something every day!
  • C

    Comment posted by Celts, at 23:47 4 AprCelts

    23:47 4 Apr"Ronaldo is a goal threat but in the rest of the game they need more"

    For once he actually said something sensible!

    The only fans who think United are better off with Ronaldo, are the ones who think football is just about goals. If you understand football, you'd understand that strikers need to contribute a lot more than just goal hanging and kicking the ball in the net.
    • P

      Reply posted by Paul M, at 00:08 5 AprPaul M

      00:08 5 Aprto CeltsPaul M replied: Yup. Apparently he's setting an example. Of what? How to unsettle a dressing room and be a practiced prima donna?
  • E

    Comment posted by erics squalor, at 08:44 5 Aprerics squalor

    08:44 5 AprSo it's Champions League Quarter Final Day... Let's throw out a guff piece on Man U... 😳😳😵‍💫
  • C

    Comment posted by CALVIN WINTERS, at 04:55 5 AprCALVIN WINTERS

    04:55 5 AprI don't see what Man U and fans are moaning about, I am old enough to remember Man U being relegated from the top division
    • S

      Reply posted by shalalalaSummerbee, at 06:19 5 AprshalalalaSummerbee

      06:19 5 Aprto CALVIN WINTERSshalalalaSummerbee replied: And what a glorious day, 27th. April 1974 was...... "Denis has done it"
  • W

    Comment posted by Westmoor, at 02:11 5 AprWestmoor

    02:11 5 AprBruno Fernandes, just this week, signed a new five year contract! Good luck with that Utd, he's one of the main problems in that dressing room and has been toxic wherever he's been.

    He's not a team player and as long as he's there, Utd will be "also rans"
    • A

      Reply posted by Andrew, at 07:00 5 AprAndrew

      07:00 5 Aprto WestmoorAndrew replied: That's simply not true. He may be a whinger on the pitch but he is fantastic around the club and has been top class at Utd.
  • W

    Comment posted by welshy2000, at 23:39 4 Aprwelshy2000

    23:39 4 AprRooney applying for the job?
    • T

      Reply posted by The Spin Doctor, at 00:04 5 AprThe Spin Doctor

      00:04 5 Aprto welshy2000The Spin Doctor replied: Rooney should worry about Derby County not Man Utd. It's currently Derby that pays him not Utd.
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