Jamie Carragher has suggested that Manchester United are currently a “graveyard” for managers and players.
United’s long search for a new permanent manager came to an end on Thursday. This came as they appointed Ajax boss Erik ten Hag.
The Dutchman will take charge ahead of the 2022/23 campaign. His reputation has grown since joining Ajax in 2017.
Ten Hag has a big job on his hands as Man Utd have had a torrid season. They were dumped out of the Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup early and they are sixth in the Premier League.
Carragher has claimed that none of the current top four would swap their managers for Ten Hag:
“Erik ten Hag faces four major problems upon taking over at Manchester United. Their names are Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte,” Carragher wrote for The Telegraph.
“No matter how good Ten Hag is or proves to be at Old Trafford, he must take on and beat the best coaches in the world. That is tough enough without having to start afresh with a squad overhaul.
“For all the excitement at another United rebuild, the reality is none of those currently occupying the top four would swap their coach for Ten Hag.
“The Dutchman must also reverse another worrying United trend. The club has become a graveyard for managers and players. Since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, no-one has gone there and improved their reputation.
“Ten Hag must overcome a weight of history which some of the most accomplished coaches of this and previous generations have found unbearable. The United job chews up coaches in a way it does not at their European and domestic rivals.”
Carragher went onto suggest that if he was Declan Rice or Jude Bellingham, he would “run a mile” from Man Utd:
“It is hard to to think of any United purchase of the last nine years who has improved since arriving at Old Trafford. Even those who made an encouraging start have gone backwards.
“When Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Jadon Sancho joined United, there was a sense the club was going in the right direction with young English talent. Now they look terrified to play at Old Trafford.
“If I was Declan Rice or Jude Bellingham observing their England team-mates’ troubles – unless my motivation was a big payday – I would run a mile if United called.”