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Jamie Carragher makes Erik ten Hag prediction after Coventry scare

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Jamie Carragher expects Erik ten Hag to be fired by Manchester United
Jamie Carragher expects Erik ten Hag to be fired (Photo: Sky Sports)

Jamie Carragher believes Manchester United’s faltering FA Cup victory over Coventry City will cost Erik ten Hag his job at Old Trafford.

Championship side Coventry came from 3-0 down to level the match at 3-3 and set up a dramatic semi-final at Wembley on penalties.

United were in complete control when Bruno Fernandes added his side’s third after an hour following first-half goals from Scott McTominay and Harry Maguire.

But Coventry scored three times in the final 20 minutes – Ellis Simms, Callum O’Hare and Haji Wright with the goals – to stun Manchester United and force a penalty shootout.

At that point, United were grateful to even be awarded penalties as Coventry thought they had scored a sensational last-minute winner through Wright, only for VAR to intervene and disallow the goal for offside.

Manchester United won the penalty shootout 4-2 to book an FA Cup final against Manchester City, but Carragher believes the performance will still ultimately cost Ten Hag his job.

“I think this result just cost Erik ten Hag his job,” Carragher told Sky Sports. ‘I don’t understand how he stays, I really don’t.

Coventry City took United to penalties
Coventry City took Manchester United to penalties (Photo: Getty)

‘It’s just bad performance after bad performance. That locker room is probably the most embarrassing locker room on a team that just won a big game.

‘You can’t even celebrate that victory. Maybe that can somehow win the final, but I just don’t see any progress. This is someone’s job we are talking about, but I just don’t see how they (the owners) can look at the situation and be positive about it. I do not see it.’

Manchester United’s late collapse shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, even if it came against Championship opposition.

Ten Hag’s team has flattered to deceive all season and is now only seventh in the Premier League and is in danger of missing out on European football with six games to go.

Commenting on United’s dramatic semi-final win, Ten Hag said: ‘It’s mixed feelings. The way we did it is not okay.

‘We should have done better, but it is a huge achievement. If you analyze the match, we controlled 75 minutes but then let them come back into the match.

Ten Hag remains under immense pressure at Old Trafford
Ten Hag remains under intense pressure at Old Trafford (Photo: Getty)

‘I have to compliment the opponent. They believed, but we allowed it. We should manage it better.

“I don’t think any heads fell, but we had a lot of setbacks and maybe it’s human, but it’s not acceptable.

‘We must show resilience. Towards the end we showed resilience and determination to win the shootout. When you have that much control, you should win easily.”

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