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Carra reveals key difference between Ten Hag and Arteta that could doom Utd boss

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JAMIE CARRAGHER believes Erik ten Hag’s position differs from Mikel Arteta because he was not Ineos’ appointment.

The Manchester United manager is under growing pressure in his role at Old Trafford.

Jamie Carragher believes Erik ten Hag may not be afforded the same time as Mikel Arteta was

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Jamie Carragher believes Erik ten Hag may not be afforded the same time as Mikel Arteta wasCredit: Getty
Arteta also struggled in his first two years before turning things around

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Arteta also struggled in his first two years before turning things aroundCredit: Alamy

Another humiliating defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace has raised questions about Ten Hag’s future once again.

And the Dutchman could find himself on the verge of the sack if United lose to Arsenal on Sunday.

The Gunners are still aiming for the title and have been transformed under Arteta, who also struggled early on at The Emirates with two eighth-placed finishes.

However he was given time to turn things around, partly thanks to winning the FA Cup in 2021.

Carragher believes Ten Hag may not be afforded the same patience because Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke appointed Arteta, while Sir Jim Ratcliffe had no say in the hiring of Ten Hag and may want his own man.

The pundit wrote in his Telegraph column: “Arteta’s Arsenal performance levels never sank as consistently low as those of Ten Hag’s Manchester United.

“None of Arteta’s most disappointing losses were remotely comparable to the 4-0 defeat by Crystal Palace on Monday night.

“Worryingly for Ten Hag, the biggest difference is he is not the owner’s appointment. The Arsenal board staked their reputation on Arteta coming good.

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Pundits’ verdict on Ten Hag’s future

Where do the pundits stand on Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United future?

Michael Owen – He has to go

“He cannot, simply cannot, manage this team next season. He’s not good enough.”

Teddy Sheringham – Might stay if he wins Cup but should go

“If United win the FA Cup, he could stay. But, for me, changes are needed and United need to get it done sooner than later.”

Jamie Carragher – Sacked

“I don’t see how Erik ten Hag stays. It’s just performance after performance.”

Gary Neville – Stay if he wins the FA Cup

“To sack a manager who’s won two trophies in his first two seasons at the club I think would be extreme.”

Louis Saha – On the fence

“I don’t see it as clearly but they need changes from the players but they need changes from him as well.”

Alan Shearer – Sacked

“I believe the future of the Man Utd manager is already determined. Even if they win the FA Cup I think he’s gone.”

“Logic suggests Ratcliffe will be more inclined to stand or fall based on his managerial pick.”

Carragher also pointed out the difference in experience between the two managers, and the restructure that was need in North London.

Ten Hag’s six worst defeats as Man Utd manager

He continued: “Arteta had never managed before taking over at Arsenal. Stan Kroenke took a risk by hiring a 37-year-old and in doing so committed the club to a long-term vision.

“Arteta was his man, and there is no point headhunting such a young coach and getting rid after the first two years of extensive rebuilding.

“Arteta inherited a team which had failed to qualify for the Champions League for three years and needed major reconstruction.

“High earners like Mesut Őzil, David Luiz and Alexandre Lacazette needed offloading, as did expensive mistakes like Nicolas Pépé.”

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