Jamie Carragher credits Erik ten Hag for Man United’s revival after their dismal start to the new Premier League season… as pundit praises Dutchman for not being stubborn in his approach
- United have reversed their season after their poor start to the campaign
- Jamie Carragher thinks Erik ten Hag played a key role in their revival
- Carragher claimed Ten Hag wouldn’t want his team to be so pragmatic in the future
- United are fifth in the Premier League after being bottom at the start
Jamie Carragher has attributed Manchester United’s revival after 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 came back to life winning four games in a row – including home victories against rivals Liverpool and Arsenal – after being beaten by Brighton and thrashed by Brentford in their first two games of the new campaign.
Their run of results took them from the bottom of the table to fifth place and lifted the sense of doom that had engulfed Old Trafford after the opening two matches of the season.
Jamie Carragher hailed United manager Erik ten Hag’s flexibility after their dismal departure
Ten Hag oversaw a turnaround in United’s fortunes with a more pragmatic approach
Carragher, speaking on The Overlap Fan Debate Extra, said Ten Hag deserved credit for the way he turned things around after the worst possible start to his reign at United.
Ten Hag started by telling his team to play at the back but was more pragmatic in response to defeats by Brighton and Brentford which paid off – although Carragher thinks he won’t want his team United play like that in the future.
“You see them high-five when someone clears or they block. There’s a fight in the Manchester United squad now, we saw that at the start against Liverpool,’ Carragher said.
“What I would say is the games have been completely different where you won the first two games where you probably had 70 per cent possession and conceded 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 against Liverpool, he did not do it.
“I think Ten Hag has obviously backtracked a bit on what he wants to do. He has Eriksen as a midfielder, maybe the keeper can’t play so 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 a good job of tweaking the system. But I don’t think the way how Manchester United are playing right now is exactly how he wants Manchester United to play in the future.
Carragher also said United had taken advantage of the lead in their four-game winning streak.
Marcus Rashford scored twice as United beat Arsenal to claim their fourth straight win
United struggled as they fell behind at home to Brighton and at Brentford, continuing a worrying trend from last season under Ralf Rangnick.
“I don’t want it to look like Man United are lucky, but what helped was that you scored the first goal in the games,” Carragher added.
“So, you’re almost seated. Liverpool had a lot of the ball, Arsenal had a lot of the ball.
United will be aiming for a fifth straight league victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday, three days after the start of their Europa League campaign at home to Real Sociedad.
Jamie Carragher credits Erik ten Hag for Man United revival