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Published: 10:48 | 22/3/19

Rooney: Solskjaer the only candidate

Wayne Rooney has backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be named as the next permanent manager of Manchester United.

Solskjaer was appointed on an interim basis follow Jose Mourinho's departure in December with the club opting to wait until the summer before naming a permanent replacement.

However, the Norwegian has transformed the club's fortunes, winning 15 of his 19 matches in charge to take the Red Devils to within three points of third-placed Tottenham as well as advancing to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Rooney has been impressed with how Solskjaer has changed the mood at the club and he believes he is now the only candidate to manage United.

“He has gone in with simplicity and has brought belief back to the fans,” Rooney told talkSport.

“He has made the place enjoyable again to go into work every day. The staff around Carrington are enjoying working there again and that does rub off.

“When you see the staff happy around the players, it makes it a happy environment to work in.

“He is doing a fantastic job and I’m sure he is the only candidate for Manchester United to take that job.

“It will be great to see him get it and bring some of the players he wants to bring in and keep moving the club forward.”

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