Man United should have hired Gareth Southgate and Steve Holland instead of Erik ten Hag and Steve McClaren to turn the desperate club around, claims Danny Murphy… as England coaches have managed ‘big players’ and brought ‘unity’ to Three Lions
- Danny Murphy believes Manchester United should have looked closer to home
- Former Liverpool midfielder explains what sets Southgate and Ten Hag apart
- Murphy is unsure as to whether Dutchman can handle pressure on and off pitch
Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has revealed that he would have chosen Gareth Southgate over Erik ten Hag for the Manchester United managerial position.
Ten Hag left his post as Ajax manager after leading them to a third successive Eredivisie title in May and has already got to work at Old Trafford ahead of next season’s campaign.
The Dutchman has a huge job on his hands to turn around United’s fortunes but Murphy believes it should have been the England manager tasked with the job of steering the Red Devils back into the race for top honours.
Gareth Southgate (right) alongside Steve Holland have turned around England’s fortunes
Dutchman Erik ten Hag readies himself for his first managerial job outside of his homeland
Murphy was asked who he would have chosen for the Manchester United job out of Southgate and assistant Steve Holland and Ten Hag with Steve McClaren, and his answer was emphatic.
‘Gareth and Steve,’ Murphy told talkSPORT.
‘I know them. I think they’ve come a long way, the pair of them, and have a great partnership.
‘What they’ve achieved with England, managing big players. Gareth has evolved into a very intelligent football manager.
‘With Steve by his side, they would do a great job at a big club.’
Murphy’s support for the England manager has not been a universal feeling with some fans unsure about whether the ex-Middlesbrough boss should continue after the World Cup in Qatar this winter.
But Murphy continued to heap praise on the 51-year-old, sounding out his ability to unify his players as a huge factor as to why he would have chosen him for the Old Trafford hotseat.
Murphy believes one of Southgate’s strengths is how he unites his squad of players
‘What United need now isn’t all about on the pitch. They will be judged on that, but they need someone to bring together this squad and try and create a unity, atmosphere and energy that England have. I think that would be fair.’
United registered their lowest points total in Premier League history this season, taking just 58 points from 38 league games.
The underwhelming total led to a sixth-placed finish meaning they will play Europa League football next season.
Ten Hag has built a strong reputation after his heroics with Ajax in recent years but despite never having managed a club outside of Holland, Murphy believes the jury is out on whether he can find the same success on a grander stage.
Ten Hag led Ajax to a third straight Eredivisie title last month before leaving for United
‘What Ten Hag has done, of course it is credible. Winning the league three times with Ajax and he did alright with Utrecht,’ added Murphy.
‘He’s not managed big players at a big club, so we don’t know how he’s going to deal with that pressure.
‘Every part of his life will be magnified, whether that will be the wrong shop at the wrong time, or drives the wrong car. Everything he does, is now going to be talked about.’