How Erik ten Hag’s record in Champions League compares to Mauricio Pochettino

Erik ten Hag and Mauricio Pochettino are both the leading candidates to replace Ralf Rangnick as manager of Manchester United.

However, Ten Hag and Poch are out of this season’s Champions League after crashing out to Benfica and Real Madrid respectively.

Here’s how Ajax and PSG have fared in the elite competition under these two managers:

Ajax kept 61% possession, averaged 15.8 shots on target, scored an average of 2.75 goals and conceded a goal on average per game.

PSG, on the other hand, kept 53% possession, managed only 10.7 shots on target while scoring 1.8 goals and conceding 1.3 per game.

No disrespect to Ajax but PSG are stocked with superstars and still registered poor stats in their campaign this term. It remains to be seen who among Ten Hag and Poch will end up on the managerial hot seat at Old Trafford.

‘Erik ten Hag would be a massive risk’: Man United fan urges club to sign Mauricio Pochettino instead

Manchester United fan – and a reporter for the Manchester Evening News – Dominic Booth believes the club should appoint Mauricio Pochettino as the permanent manager at the end of the season.

Explaining his stance, Booth wrote on Twitter: “Erik ten Hag would be a massive risk if appointed Manchester United manager.

“I get some of the hype around him — and he could well succeed — but there’s no doubt it’s a big gamble. And he won’t turn United’s fortunes around on his own.

“‘Every appointment is a risk’ is right, of course. But some are less of a risk.

“Appointing [Thomas] Tuchel or Pochettino would be less risky than Ten Hag (but might not be as successful, of course).

“Biggest point being rightly made here is the structure and running of the club needs to improve to give any new manager, even Ten Hag, a chance. Five managers have struggled since SAF for the same reason.”

Interestingly enough, PSG fans want Pochettino to be sacked, calling him ‘too soft’ to handle a squad filled with superstars.

The Red Devils have also had issues of squad unrest this season but Ten Hag has proven to be better than Poch in certain aspects.

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