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Former England captain Wayne Rooney, who helped revitalise one of Major League Soccer's original superpowers when he joined D.C. United previous year, still feels he possesses the quality to compete in the Premier League.

Jesse Lingard reckons that Manchester United could mount a title challenge next season - if they can maintain the form they have shown under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. With just 2 points separating the two, Chelsea and Manchester United are fighting for the fourth spot with the Reds edging closer to take over the Blues' position.

Rooney was let go from Manchester United by Jose Mourinho, and he reiterated his belief that Mauricio Pochettino should be employed as the Portuguese's replacement.

"Ole Gunnar's a fantastic person", Rooney said.

With nine goals between them since the Norwegian arrived, the good friends have given United's attack a more menacing look in recent weeks.

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"You get a different view of some of the players: "he's impressed me, he's got some way to go".

Following a terrible start to the Premier League under Jose Mourinho, a top-four spot would ensure Champions League glory for Solskjaer's men and would mark a laudable achievement for the Norwegian tactician.

The former United striker has made no secret of his desire to take over full time and he says he has outlined his medium and long-term plans to Woodward beyond the immediate target of Champions League qualification and FA Cup and Champions League success.

"At the moment he deserves it".

Jones said: 'I am delighted to have signed a new contract. Prior to his arrival the travel-shy Red Devils had scraped only one win on the road in six outings, registering just three victories in their previous 11 top-flight away games. He was named a finalist for MLS' Most Valuable Player Award. "His career's open, and I wish him all the best".