Merson baffled over ‘strange decision’ by Chelsea, tells Man Utd they should’ve got Potter over Ten Hag

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Paul Merson talks about Chelsea Credit: PA Images
Paul Merson talks about Chelsea Credit: PA Images

Paul Merson thinks it was a “strange decision” by Chelsea to sack Thomas Tuchel while he reckons Man Utd should’ve gone for Graham Potter over Erik ten Hag.

Chelsea sacked Tuchel on Wednesday morning and by Thursday afternoon they had appointed Potter as their new manager on a five-year deal.

But former Arsenal midfielder Merson thinks Chelsea’s rivals Man Utd shoud’ve moved for Potter before they appointed Ten Hag from Ajax.

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Merson told Sportskeeda: “It’s been a mad week with plenty of drama in the world of football, with Liverpool and Chelsea coming under the microscope over the past 24 hours. The Blues took everyone by surprise with their decision to sack Thomas Tuchel, as the German tactician was relieved of his duties following Chelsea’s 1-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb in the UEFA Champions League group stages.

“Liverpool, on the other hand, were humbled away from home in their first European game of the season as Napoli recorded a statement 4-1 win in Italy. Domestically, both Liverpool and Chelsea have struggled in recent weeks, while Manchester United and Tottenham have looked good.

“I think it was a really strange decision to sack Tuchel, but Graham Potter is a manager I really like. Working at this level is a different ball game, but Potter has shown in his time with Swansea City and Brighton that he’s more than capable of creating teams that can go toe-to-toe with the best in the business. I’ve said before that Manchester United should have got him ahead of Erik ten Hag and I stand by that statement, but he’s set to take over the reins at Stamford Bridge now and it’ll be interesting to see how it turns out.

“It’s still early doors, but I think the Premier League top-four this season will be Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal in whatever order. Chelsea will obviously have a thing or two to say, but we’ll have to wait and see how Potter performs at Stamford Bridge, with the Englishman set to take over the reins from Thomas Tuchel imminently.

“As for Manchester United, I don’t think they’ll make it because they still have a lot of work to do in terms of their squad. They’ve won four league games in a row, including victories against Liverpool and Arsenal, but I’m yet to be convinced by them.

“Arsenal are good and I believe they are in there for the long run, while I’m still backing Liverpool to turn it around in the coming weeks to secure a UEFA Champions League spot.”

 

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