Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher have mixed feelings on Erik ten Hag after Man Utd scrape Coventry win

Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher have mixed feelings on Erik ten Hag after Man Utd scrape Coventry win

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Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 22/04/2024

- 10:22

The Sky Sports pundits have opened up after the chaotic FA Cup clash

Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher are split on Erik ten Hag in the wake of Manchester United's chaotic FA Cup win over Coventry on Sunday.

The Red Devils were cruising to victory at Wembley after goals from Scott McTominay, Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes had sent them 3-0 up.

But Coventry mounted a sensational comeback to force extra-time before eventually losing on penalties.

United have come in for plenty of stick in the wake of the result, despite reaching the FA Cup final for the second year in a row.

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Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher are split on Erik ten Hag after Man Utd scraped their way to victory over Coventry


And pundits Neville and Carragher are divided over Ten Hag and his future at Old Trafford.

Neville feels it would be 'extreme' if United sacked the Dutchman if he's able to steer his team to victory against Manchester City next month.

"My view would be that if he won the FA Cup and he won a trophy last season, to sack a manager who’s won two trophies in his first two seasons at the club I think would be extreme," he said.

"Winning trophies can never ever be underestimated.

"If you’ve got a knack for winning trophies and you just get through things I don’t think you can dismiss that.

"There’s a good chance they (INEOS) would (sack Ten Hag).

"They’ve wiped everything else out at the top of the club and if he wins a trophy and it’s two trophies on the bounce, that’s tough."

Yet Carragher thinks differently and believes the nature of United's win over Coventry will cost Ten Hag his job.

"We were all watching there in the end and Mark Robins famously kept a Man Utd manager in a job and I think that result today cost a Man Utd manager his job," he said.

"I don’t see how he stays. I don’t.

"I would imagine that dressing room is the most embarrassed dressing room you could remember if a team who won a big game."

BBC Sport pundit Alan Shearer also thinks it's likely Ten Hag will be relieved of his duties.

“I think the future of the Manchester United manager is already determined,” Shearer said on the Rest Is Football podcast.

“Even if they win the FA Cup, I think he’s gone.

“I don’t think it matters if they win the cup, for his future.


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Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag is facing scrutiny after his side beat Coventry to reach the FA Cup final


"That might be sad, that might be wrong, but I just get the feeling that even winning the FA Cup is not going to be enough for him.

“When you look at the players and where they are in the league compared to where they want to be, I think he’s already gone.

“I don’t know it for a fact, it’s just a guess, a hunch, but I just get the feeling that the decision is already made.

“We know how football works, they’ve got new owners, new director of football, it just tells you that a new manager is incoming.”

If United do sack Ten Hag, several names are in the frame to take over.

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Man Utd relied on the heroics of Andre Onana in the penalty shootout to beat Coventry and reach the FA Cup final


Reports in Germany say the Red Devils have already approached Thomas Tuchel, who is leaving Bayern Munich at the end of the season.

And Roberto De Zerbi, Zinedine Zidane and Graham Potter have all been linked as well.

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