'No guarantee' - Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher disagree on Erik ten Hag's Man United fate

Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher pictured at Old Trafford
Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher disagree on Erik ten Hag's Manchester United fate -Credit:Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville insists the Reds will start winning again and believes Erik ten Hag should be given more time to get it right.

MEN Sport understands Sir Jim Ratcliffe remains unconvinced by Ten Hag and the work he is doing at Old Trafford. This season has been one of struggles as injuries and inconsistent performances have seen United suffer early exits in the Champions League and Carabao Cup as well as a lowly position in the Premier League table.

The one saving grace is that United have reached the FA Cup final - but even if they win that, there are no guarantees that Ten Hag will remain in charge. Writing in his Daily Telegraph column recently, Carragher insisted that the time had come to part ways with the Dutchman.

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"Erik ten Hag may analyse his next opponent's first two years at the Emirates and see hope. He could certainly use it as evidence to Sir Jim Ratcliffe that demands for his dismissal are premature," Carragher said. "It will shock many that across the same number of Premier League games, the Dutchman's record is slightly better than that of [Mikel] Arteta. Arteta's Arsenal performance levels never sank as consistently low as those of Ten Hag's Manchester United.

"Manchester United, by contrast, made a move forward last year, but have taken several steps back since. United have been regularly outclassed by rivals, losing 6-3 against Manchester City and 7-0 to Liverpool, while struggling against mid-table Premier League teams too. Even when United have enjoyed good results under Ten Hag, I am genuinely struggling to recall any exceptionally good performances with a perceptively proactive system of play. Two years on, they are not set up like a top team.

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

However, Neville is adamant that another season at the club would give United the chance to gauge whether this season is an anomaly or the norm. He told Sky Sports: "I don't see a suitable replacement for Ten Hag available.

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag -Credit:Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

"Bayern Munich are struggling to find a replacement, others are struggling. I think we need to stick with Ten Hag and give him one more season - an injury-free season - to see if United can get back to the standards of last season where they won a trophy and finished in the top four. Players and managers have struggled to come to terms with Old Trafford in the last 10 years.

"These players and managers were great when United signed them, so there is something fundamentally wrong that is creating this difficulty. Maybe the new ownership and personnel will allow these players and manager to feel more stable.

"As sure as the sun will rise, Manchester United will start to win again. When that is, I don't know. It can be no guarantee, but I know that these things go in cycles.

"I lived my whole childhood watching Liverpool, Everton and Arsenal win trophies, win the old Division One, and was patient. I had to wait until I was 18, 19 when Manchester United first won a league title in my life - and then we won a load of league titles, and now we've not won one for 10 years.

"I know full well that in my lifetime - hopefully - Manchester United will win trophies, but they will win trophies again. We will get it right, just as Liverpool will, just as Arsenal will."