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Jamie Carragher sends Ten Hag advice to Man Utd

Jamie Carragher
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The Dutchman lost his first Premier League match in charge of the Red Devils last weekend.

Jamie Carragher has urged Manchester United to keep faith in Erik ten Hag, insisting the club’s situation ‘can’t get any worse’.

Ten Hag suffered a 2-1 debut defeat to Brighton last Sunday in the Premier League. He became the first Red Devils manager to lose his maiden league match in England since Dutch compatriot Louis van Gaal in 2014.

It capped off a somewhat mixed couple of months in charge so far. While pre-season results were decent, Ten Hag has struggled to land his top transfer targets – namely Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong – and has also seen some high-profile departures this summer.

“Even though they lost big players in the summer, the rest of the team was set up and they know what to do. Manchester United are not at that stage right now with a new manager,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

“I still think Manchester United will improve on last season. You can’t see it getting any worse with the points that they got and the goals they conceded. The window’s not closed. They’ve still got a couple of weeks to get some players in.

“There’s a criticism of the players they’re trying to bring in, but I’ve been in that position myself at Liverpool when you’re trying to chase the top teams and at times you have to think: ‘Should I take a chance on this player?

“Whereas a Liverpool or a Manchester City don’t have to take those chances. That’s the benefit of being successful. You can’t judge the squad until the window’s closed and you’ll see where they go from there.

“Ten Hag has got a great pedigree in what he did with Ajax and how good they were in the Champions League. He built two teams there – so you have to keep the faith with the manager.”

United return to action on Saturday to take on Brentford for their second Premier League match of the season.