Paul Merson insists Chelsea made better managerial decision than Manchester United

Paul Merson said he was surprised by Chelsea’s decision to sack Thomas Tuchel but admitted that he rates Graham Potter higher than Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag.

The Blues announced Tuchel’s sacking on Wednesday before confirming Potter’s appointment the following Thursday.

It was a quick process — much quicker than many expected.

It is easy to see why Chelsea’s new ownership group picked Potter, however.

What he did at Brighton impressed a lot of people, including Merson, who insisted that Manchester United missed out on Potter.

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“I think it was a really strange decision to sack Tuchel, but Graham Potter is a manager I really like,” the former Arsenal midfielder wrote in his column for Sportskeeda.

“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.”

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If Chelsea had not appointed Potter, he would likely not have to wait very long for an offer from another top club.

Will he fare much better than Ten Hag as Merson suggested? Only time can tell, but Potter had the upper hand in their first encounter as he led Brighton to a 2-1 win at Old Trafford in August.

Although, Manchester United have since recorded one loss and four consecutive wins under Ten Hag.

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