Ten Hag has led the Eredivisie giants to two league wins and two Dutch Cups since taking over in December 2017.
Ajax, along with Manchester United, were eliminated from the Champions League on Tuesday night. Carragher, on the other hand, does not feel the Dutch club’s departure will have an impact on the 52-year-prospects old’s of landing the Old Trafford position.
“It shouldn’t do,” he told CBS Sports (via the Daily Mail). A manager cannot be judged just on a single game.
“I believe it has harmed Mauricio Pochettino more than Ajax’s manager because of the team they had.” The scenario they were in that game, and you’re basically looking at his management as one of the reasons why they left.”
Micah Richards, another commentator, then asked Carragher who the Red Devils should appoint in the summer.
“I’d go with Ten Hag because I think he’s a young manager,” Carragher stated.
“When you look at Ajax, they are clearly strong in their league. But what he did in the Champions League with the first Ajax club he sort of built and went to the final – it broke apart.
“Then we’ll form this team.” Yes, it has been distributed at the last 16. But, if you were judging him as a coach, I think you’d look at the group stage as well — winning every game and the manner in which they won.
“It’s not only about what trophy a manager has anymore; it’s about how his team plays and how he comes across.”
“I believe he has worked with Pep Guardiola.” He was the reserve team manager at Bayern Munich, thus he has lots of experience.
“He’s now at Ajax, where you can go and grab their players or managers — selling clubs.”
“I was watching him at the finish when the whistle blew, and I really loved how he carried himself.” He shook every official’s hand. And he stopped one of his players who was passionate, screaming, and shouting as he tried to get to the official.
“He had a wonderful air about him since you can’t always win.”
“If it were me, I’d be thinking, ‘Yeah, he plays pretty good football, and he seems like a nice guy.'” At Ajax, he constructed two teams that were quite successful. And that is exactly what Manchester United requires – someone to build a team.”