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Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville disagree on Manchester United as Liverpool can watch and smile

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Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville disagree on Manchester United as Liverpool can watch and smile

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher and former Manchester United defender Gary Neville have different opinions on what is going wrong at Old Trafford at the moment.

In a fiery exchange on Sky Sports, Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville passionately debated Manchester United’s recent struggles after its 3-0 defeat to Manchester City. The discussion revolved around the tactics employed by United and the lack of a clear identity on the pitch. Carragher questioned the approach of manager Erik ten Hag, while Neville pointed to the external pressures and ownership issues affecting the club.

Carragher began the debate by expressing his frustration with United’s playing style, saying: “None of us here can still explain what Manchester United try to do, in terms of how they play.” He compared United to other teams like Aston Villa and Tottenham, where the managers have implemented distinct playing styles. Carragher argued that United’s lack of clarity in their approach has hindered their performance.

“[Ten Hag’s] been here now nearly 18 months, we’ve seen Unai Emery come in at Aston Villa, [Ange] Postecoglou at Tottenham. That doesn’t mean you win every week but, when you go to the games, you know what you’re going to see,” Carragher continued. “We still don’t know what we’re going to see at Manchester United. You tell me how they play with the ball.”

Neville acknowledged Carragher’s point and added that stability is crucial for managers to implement their vision. He highlighted the current ownership situation at United, with Sir Jim Ratcliffe set to acquire a 25 per cent stake in the club. Neville suggested that this uncertainty and potential upheaval within the football department creates a toxic environment that affects both managers and players.

“Imagine you’re in a football club, and the news is there is a guy [Ratcliffe] that will come in and wipe out the whole football department. Imagine what is going on in and around Ten Hag, it is toxic,” Neville argued. “I know you can say ‘carry on’, but imagine what’s happening. Jim Ratcliffe is going to come in with Dave Brailsford and they are going to sweep out the football department and they will all get moved away. That’s what’s happening.

“I honestly believe this toxicity that exits at this club eats alive every manager that comes and every player. Harry Maguire was going to go to Manchester City, Mason Mount to Liverpool. They come here and it’s a graveyard for them. Are we going to keep blaming the kids in the class or are we going to blame the headteacher?”

The tension between Carragher and Neville escalated when the former interrupted the latter’s explanation. Neville expressed his frustration, asking why he had to listen to Carragher without receiving the same courtesy in return. Carragher reluctantly allowed Neville to continue, but the disagreement persisted.

Carragher emphasized that the ownership issues should not overshadow the style of football being played by United. He questioned what Ten Hag wants his players to do on the pitch and criticized United’s reliance on counter-attacks and long balls. Carragher argued that this style of play is not seen among other top teams and called for more clarity in United’s approach.

Neville tried to interject, but Carragher shut him down, asserting his right to finish his point. Carragher reiterated that the problems at United go beyond the ownership and recruitment issues. He highlighted the lack of a defined playing style and the struggles faced by previous managers at the club. Carragher posed the question of why great managers and players have failed to succeed at United in recent years.

Liverpool.com says: Neville is right that the ownership situation at Old Trafford is not helping, but Manchester United has still spent more than almost anyone else has. Erik ten Hag has still wasted a lot more money than anyone else in the Premier League. Antony is a prime example of someone who cost a fortune and has done nothing yet, while he has failed to get the best from Jadon Sancho and many others too.

No matter how bad the Glazers are, Ten Hag simply has to shoulder some of the blame. Regardless, Liverpool can watch on with a smile as the Old Trafford side continues to flounder. Meanwhile, the Reds are looking really good again.

 

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