Jamie Carragher thinks Man Utd have made the “brave choice” by reportedly choosing to make Erik ten Hag their new manager.
Widespread reports now insist that the Red Devils are ‘set to finalise’ a deal to bring the Ajax boss to Old Trafford at the end of the season.
Ralf Rangnick replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as interim boss earlier in the season and the German will step aside in the summer to allow a permanent boss to be appointed.
Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino was the other manager in under serious consideration but it now seems likely that Ten Hag has won the race.
And Carragher thinks the reported new Man Utd boss needs to let Paul Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo move on this summer.
“I think it’s a good decision, I think it’s a brave decision,” Carragher told CBS Sports.
“The easy choice would have been Pochettino because he’s been in the Premier League before, so they’ve gone for a manager who’s not been in the Premier League.
“They’ve always gone with the established name if you like in terms of Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal. They went with Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer], who was the easy choice.
“The brave choice would have been not to go with Ole because he had such a good time to start with as a caretaker.
“So what I mean by this is he’s not managed at a big club and he is seen as this up-and-coming coach, ‘he’s new, he’s fresh’ and Pochettino’s not, he’s actually older than Pochettino, which some people don’t seem to actually know.
“I don’t think he’s getting picked for the fact of just what he’s done for Ajax in terms of being successful because you expect that at Ajax.
“But what they’ve done in the Champions League in terms of getting to the semi-final, how they play their football, their performance in the group stage this season.
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“They’ll be disappointed to go out to Benfica but I think it’s a brave choice because I do think Manchester United now need to start making brave decisions, and some of them about the players as well, in terms of Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo need to go.”
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