Man United’s soul could be ripped apart, warns Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher feels Manchester United could find their soul being ripped apart with a foreign manager at the helm

Jamie Carragher believes Manchester United’s soul could be ripped apart if the Red Devils appoint a powerful European manager.

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti and Netherlands head coach Louis van Gaal are the early favourites to become the next United manager after the club sacked David Moyes on Tuesday.

Whoever comes in, be it Louis van Gaal or someone else, they will have their own ideas and be determined to implement them from top to bottom

Jamie Carragher

Carragher played under Gerard Houllier and Rafael Benitez during his Liverpool career, with both former Reds managers becoming embroiled in a power struggle at the club.

And the former England defender reckons someone like Van Gaal could wrestle complete control of the 20-time English champions.

“Whoever comes in to replace Moyes will, of course, be told he is playing to the rules of the club but what happens if Van Gaal, who is such a powerful character, starts well and gains power? Before you know it, you are faced with a situation where the soul of the club can be ripped apart,” Carragher wrote in his Daily Mail column.

He continued: “United believe in their traditions, values and style but whoever comes in, be it Louis van Gaal or someone else, they will have their own ideas and be determined to implement them from top to bottom.

“That is what happened with Gerard Houllier and Rafa Benitez at Liverpool. Don’t get me wrong, both men enjoyed success and were huge influences on my career; they were also responsible for a lot of good things.”

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