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Erik ten Hag faces an uphill battle with four club legends including Wayne Rooney as Man Utd boss against his appointment

WAYNE ROONEY became the latest Manchester United icon to reveal he would not appoint Erik ten Hag if he were manager.

The Derby County boss appeared on Sky Sports on Monday night and singled out Mauricio Pochettino over the Dutchman.

Erik Ten Hag is unappreciated by some Manchester United greats

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Mauricio Pochettino and Antonio Conte are wanted by Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes respectively

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Mauricio Pochettino and Antonio Conte are wanted by Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes respectivelyPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

He cited Poch’s successes in the Premier League with Southampton and Tottenham as the reason he was the right man to succeed Ralf Rangnick.

Rooney said: “I think Pochettino made it in the Premier League, he knows the Premier League.

“He brought a lot of young players through to Tottenham and Southampton.

“If I decide between either of these two, I’ll go with Pochettino and give him time. Managers now need time to come in and give the club their blueprint. If you give him time, I think he’ll do well.”

And he’s not the only one who would rather have Pochettino as United manager than Ten Hag.

Gary Neville also wants the Paris Saint-Germain manager at Old Trafford for similar reasons as Rooney.

Another in the 92 class, Nicky Butt, also wants the Argentine as he is young and enthusiastic.

Like Neville, Butt has seen Pochettino at work and believes the United squad would want to play for him – there have been reports some members of the current squad are even opposed to Ten Hag’s signing.

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Another Red Devils legend, Paul Scholes, also suggested United should appoint someone other than Ten Hag but did not opt ​​for Poch.

Instead, Scholes wants United to do whatever it takes to lure Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel to Manchester.

He also likes Tottenham manager Antonio Conte, who has been linked with United in the past.

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