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Jamie Carragher warns Erik ten Hag against trying to emulate Mikel Arteta

Jamie Carragher has warned Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag that he cannot replicate what Mikel Arteta has done at Arsenal

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Jamie Carragher has issued a cautionary message to Erik ten Hag, advising the Dutchman against presuming he can replicate Mikel Arteta’s impact at Arsenal for Manchester United, despite initially boasting a stronger record than his counterpart.

As the pressure mounts on Ten Hag to secure his position beyond the current season, Carragher highlights the daunting task facing the Dutchman, who has overseen several unwanted Premier League records at Old Trafford, including the highest number of losses and goals conceded. United’s recent defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace marks a new low for the club under Ten Hag’s stewardship.

In contrast, Arteta finds himself in the thick of the Premier League title race with Manchester City, showcasing a stark contrast in fortunes. While Arteta weathered turbulent periods earlier in his tenure, the Spaniard’s resilience and the club’s unwavering support proved instrumental in steering Arsenal through adversity.

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Reflecting on Arteta’s early achievements, Carragher notes Arsenal’s triumphs in cup competitions and Europe, underscoring a sense of progress and a clear direction under the Spaniard’s leadership. 

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Erik ten Hag

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Erik ten Hag (Image credit: Getty Images)

Carragher asserts that Arteta’s ability to secure victories, even amidst setbacks, demonstrated tangible signs of improvement on the pitch, a feat Ten Hag has yet to replicate at United.

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Carragher writes in the Telegraph, “Although the league form was breaking the wrong records, the cups and Europe were a salvation. In all competitions, Arteta actually won more of his first 100 fixtures than Arsène Wenger. That meant amid the setbacks there was always a sense of an ultimate destination. When Arsenal enjoyed good results and performances, you could see the fruits of the work on the training ground. Arsenal took steps back to move forward.

“Manchester United, by contrast, made a move forward last year, but have taken several steps back since.”

Despite Ten Hag’s attributions of United’s struggles to a string of debilitating injuries, Carragher points out that the manner of their defeats, notably the recent 4-0 loss to Crystal Palace, raises significant concerns about the team’s performance under Ten Hag’s guidance.

Comparing Arteta’s tenure at Arsenal to Ten Hag’s stint at United, Carragher asserts that Arteta’s Arsenal never experienced consistently low performance levels akin to those witnessed under Ten Hag’s United.

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