The Red Devils legend - who now plays in the Championship for Derby - has opened up on the Frenchman's struggles in the Premier League since returning from Juventus four years ago, and he encouraged him to emulated Chelsea icon Frank Lampard.
He told The Times newspaper: "[A] nightmare is the Frank Lampard type, the midfielder who runs past you.
"With Frank, when the ball went wide you knew he would be off, sprinting into the box and he was one of those about who Fergie would say: 'This player is not a one-man job - you have to pass them on.' "
It's for that reason Rooney wants Pogba to play in a similar way, which would also free up space further up the field for Bruno Fernandes to build on his fine start to life at United.
The club's all-time record goalscorer added: "That's why I would love to see Paul Pogba playing deeper and attacking the box the moment the ball went wide.
"He would score more goals and with his good feet, his athleticism, he would be an absolute nightmare.
"I would use him in that role - it's one where, if he developed in it, he could be incredible."