Jamie Carragher draws Manchester United/Roy Hodgson comparison.
Jamie Carragher has drawn a comparison between the current Man United team and Roy Hodgson’s flailing Liverpool side of 2010/11.
Hodgson was in charge of Liverpool for all of six months and oversaw arguably the club’s lowest ebb of the Premier League era.
Roy Hodgson at Liverpool.
Sacked in January 2011, the future England boss left Anfield with the team languishing in 12th place in the table and out of the League Cup after a humiliating penalty shoot-out defeat to Northampton Town.
Carragher was an ever-present in the league during Hodgson’s ill-fated time in charge, so if anyone can remember how grim the mood was, it’ll be him and the former defender has now likened that Liverpool team to the current Man United one.
Jamie Carragher: “Man United have no passion or emotion.”
“‘What might worry Man United supporters now is when watching their side over the last few weeks, they remind me of Liverpool under Roy Hodgson,” Carragher writes in his column in the Telegraph.
“There is nothing about them; no passion, no emotion; every game seems flat; they lack energy and fluidity; the players are visibly not enjoying their football.
“There is a highly respected football figure in charge, but it has taken a matter of weeks to make it obvious Ralf Rangnick is not the right fit for that squad and will not be on the touchline at the start of next season.”
Ronaldo highlights Man United problems.
Carragher certainly has a point about Man United’s form and demeanour this season and it’s something that Cristiano Ronaldo touched upon in an interview earlier this week.
“I remember when I was 18 some older players spoke with me and I took that as having to improve,” the Portuguese forward said.
“They know more than me as they have more bad moments. This new generation in general don’t accept that if you criticise them. I have kids I know. They do the opposite.”
Jamie Carragher on Ronaldo.
Elsewhere in his column, Carragher addressed Ronaldo’s interview and reiterated his opinion that the return of the former Red Devils hero last summer could create problems.
“There is not a lot to like about them at the moment and Cristiano Ronaldo’s interview has blown open the divisions within the dressing room, highlighting the mentality issues,” Carragher writes.
“I said from the outset that signing Ronaldo might expose more problems than it solved. That squad does not have the unity and discipline required to challenge Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea.”
Rangnick’s attempts at turning around United’s season continue on Saturday, when his side travel to Aston Villa for a 5.30pm kick-off.