Fans have ripped into Danny Murphy after he claimed Gareth Southgate should have been selected as the next Manchester United manager over Erik ten Hag.
The pundit was offering his insight on talkSPORT when he was asked whether he would have picked England manager Southgate and his assistant Steve Holland to take over ahead of Ten Hag next season.
Former Liverpool midfielder Murphy decisively picked Southgate over the former Ajax manager, who has won three Eredivisie titles and was appointed Red Devils manager in April. And his controversial take has already caused a stir among United supporters on social media.
Murphy explained: “I know them [Southgate and Holland]. They’ve come a long way the pair of them, they’ve got a good partnership. What he’s achieved at England, the way he’s managed big players with England, I think he’s evolved into a very intelligent football manager.
“What United need now isn’t all about on the pitch. They need someone to bring together this squad to create a unity and an atmosphere that England have.
“[Ten Hag] has not managed big players at big clubs so we don’t know how he’s going to deal with that pressure. Every part of his life is going to be magnified.”
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Southgate is by no means a candidate to be sniffed at, having led England to a World Cup semi-final and the Euro 2020 final. But United fans were not convinced with Murphy’s reasoning, deeming Southgate to have insufficient experience at managing a club side and questioning his tactical nous.
One Twitter user commented: “I normally respect Danny Murphy’s insights on the game, but this is outrageous.”
Another added: “I genuinely have no words.”
A third pointed at the similarities between Murphy’s description of Southgate and sacked former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, saying: “So basically Danny wants to rehire Ole and look how that turned out.”
Southgate has not managed a club side since being relegated with Middlesbrough in 2009. He followed up his spell there by managing England's u21s in 2013, where he eventually impressed enough to be appointed manager of the England first team.
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