Jamie Carragher credits Erik ten Hag for Man United's revival

Jamie Carragher credits Erik ten Hag for Man United’s revival after their dismal start to the new Premier League season… as the pundit praises the Dutchman for not being stubborn in his approach

  • United have turned their season around after their poor start to the campaign
  • Jamie Carragher believes Erik ten Hag has played a key role in their revival
  • Carragher claimed Ten Hag will not want his side to be so pragmatic in future
  • United are up to fifth in the Premier League after being bottom early on 

Jamie Carragher has attributed Manchester United’s revival following their dismal start to the Premier League season to manager Erik ten Hag as he praised the Dutchman for not being stubborn in his approach.

United have sprung back to life by winning four matches in a row – including home victories over arch-rivals Liverpool and Arsenal – after they were beaten by Brighton and thrashed by Brentford in their opening two games of the new campaign.

Their run of results has moved them from the bottom of the table into fifth, and lifted the sense of doom that had engulfed Old Trafford after the first two matches of the season.

Jamie Carragher praised United manager Erik ten Hag’s flexibility after their dismal start

Ten Hag has overseen a turnaround in United’s fortunes with a more pragmatic approach

Carragher, speaking on The Overlap Fan Debate Extra, said Ten Hag deserves credit for the way he has turned it around after the worst possible start to his United reign.

Ten Hag began by telling his side to play out from the back but has been more pragmatic in response to the Brighton and Brentford defeats, which has paid dividends – although Carragher believes he will not want his United team to play like this in the future.

‘You see them high-fiving when someone makes a clearance or they make a block. There’s fight in the Manchester United team now, we saw at the start against Liverpool,’ Carragher said.

‘What I would say is that the games have been completely different where you’ve won to the first two games where you probably had 70% possession and concede the first goal. 


‘What I really admire about Ten Hag is that he tried to play a certain way in the first two games, playing from the back and using the goalkeeper, but then against Liverpool he didn’t.

‘I think Ten Hag’s obviously gone back a little bit on what he wants to do. He’s having Eriksen as a holding midfield player, maybe the goalkeeper can’t play as well with his feet.

‘I admire that a manager isn’t stubborn enough to say ‘I do this and we don’t change’. So I think Ten Hag has done brilliant to tweak the system. But I don’t think how Manchester United are playing right now is exactly how he wants Manchester United to play in the future.’

Carragher also said United have benefitted from taking the lead in their string of four consecutive victories.

Marcus Rashford scored twice as United beat Arsenal to claim their fourth straight win

United struggled when they went behind at home to Brighton and away at Brentford, carrying on a worrying trend from last season under Ralf Rangnick.

‘I don’t want this to sound as though Man United are being lucky, but what has helped is you got the first goal in games,’ Carragher added.

‘Then you’ve almost sat back. Liverpool had a lot of the ball, Arsenal had a lot of the ball.’

United will aim for a fifth straight league win when they face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday, three days after they get their Europa League campaign underway at home to Real Sociedad.

Share this article

Source: Read Full Article