Jamie Carragher has backed Erik ten Hag to lift from their current malaise – insisting the situation at Old Trafford ‘can’t get any worse’.
United slumped to a dismal 2-1 defeat at home to Brighton in their opening match of the new Premier League season on Sunday.
It was a nightmare start for ten Hag who has been tasked with rebuilding the squad at Old Trafford this summer following a number of high-profile departures from Old Trafford.
United have failed to land to of their top transfer targets in midfielder Frenkie de Jong and winger Antony, with the club now desperately attempting to bring in alternative options with Adrien Rabiot and Cody Gakpo two names now being pursued.
And with work still underway in the transfer market, Liverpool legend Carragher believes judgement should be reserved until when the window closes.
‘Even though they lost big players in the summer, the rest of the team was set up and they know what to do. Manchester United are not at that stage right now with a new manager,’ Carragher told Sky Sports.
‘I still think Manchester United will improve on last season. You can’t see it getting any worse with their points that they got and the goals they conceded. The window’s not closed, they’ve still got a couple of weeks to get some players in.
‘There’s a criticism of the players they’re trying to bring in, but I’ve been in that position myself at Liverpool when you’re trying to chase the top teams and at times you have to think: “Should I take a chance on this player?”.
‘Whereas a Liverpool or a Manchester City don’t have to take those chances. That’s the benefit of being successful.
‘You can’t judge the squad until the window’s closed and you’ll see where they go from there.
‘Ten Hag has got a great pedigree in what he did with Ajax and how good they were in the Champions League. He built two teams there – so you have to keep the faith with the manager.’
United are back in action against Brentford on Saturday evening.
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