Jamie Carragher urges Erik ten Hag to offload two Man United players

Jamie Carragher urges Erik ten Hag to offload two Man United players

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has advised Erik ten Hag to get rid of Paul Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo when he becomes Manchester United boss.

Man United are expected to appoint their next permanent boss at the end of the season, though some reports suggest the announcement could come sooner.

Erik ten Hag and Mauricio Pochettino were interviewed by Manchester United but reports that emerged this week claimed that the former has won the race.

As a result, the Ajax manager is expected to be announced as the new manager at Old Trafford, permanently replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was sacked in November.

The Dutchman is expected to offload and bring in some players in a bid to advance his chances of challenging the league elites Manchester City and Liverpool.

Ahead of Erik ten Hag’s imminent announcement, Carragher believes Manchester United made a brave but good decision to appoint the Dutchman but urges him to offload both Ronaldo and Pogba.

“I think it’s a good decision, I think it’s a brave decision,” Carragher told CBS Sports via Metro.

“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.

Jamie Carragher tells Erik ten Hag to offload Paul Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo when he becomes Manchester United boss
Jamie Carragher tells Erik ten Hag to offload Paul Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo when he becomes Manchester United boss

‘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.

“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.”

Paul Pogba will become a free agent at the end of the season and has reportedly held talks with PSG over a summer move to Parc des Princes.

MEN reported this week that the Frenchman wouldn’t mind joining the Parisians this summer despite claiming a few seasons ago that he didn’t see himself joining the French giants.

The same outlet held that the 29-year-old would also fancy a return to Juventus.