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Jamie Carragher spots key difference with Man Utd after Dean Smith sacking

Jamie Carragher has identified a key difference between Manchester United and the rest of the Premier League in their approach to managers.

The weekend has seen two more managers sacked, with Daniel Farke leaving Norwich City, while Dean Smith has today been relieved of his duties at Aston Villa.

Both departures have perhaps come as surprises, with Farke’s sacking being announced after the Canaries picked up their first win of the season on Saturday, while Smith leaves after three years in charge, having brought Villa back into the top flight.

There is also mounting pressure on United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after another poor performance in the derby against Manchester City, with his side meekly surrendering at home again after their humiliation at the hands of Liverpool just two weeks’ previously.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United bounced back from a week of intense pressure by beating Spurs 3-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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For the time being, though, there doesn’t appear to be any change on the horizon at Old Trafford, and Carragher believes that is as a result of a more old-fashioned approach from United.

“It’s interesting now with managers, and I think this is why a lot of pressure is coming on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the moment,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

“If a manager feels his goalkeeper is not good enough, or his striker’s not good enough, he’ll change them and go and buy someone – ‘he’s doing a good job but I can better’.

“I think we’re at a stage now were football clubs look at managers, and they’re not just managers, they’re coaches, and everything else in a club is in place, and it’s ‘can I get someone better than him? Yes I can, I’m going to go and do it.’

“I think in the past, it was almost like it had to be really bad to sack the manager, and that’s the difference with Manchester United right now.

“It almost feels like it’s got to be that bad before there may be a change, whereas other clubs, you look at what happened with Frank (Lampard) and (Thomas) Tuchel, I don’t think it was that bad, I think Nuno (Espirito Santo) in terms of (Antonio) Conte coming in, where they are in the table and how many points they are off the top four is not that bad.

“But can we get someone better? Aston Villa are obviously looking at someone and thinking ‘we can get someone better than Dean Smith’.

“I don’t think it’s necessarily he’s done a terrible job, he did really well last season, it’s only the start of the season, we’re not too long into it, they’ve had a poor run of form.”

Carragher, though, did issue a warning to Solskjaer as the international break hones into view, with the calls for United to change managers growing after their latest humbling.

“In the past, if you had a run of form of five games that hadn’t gone well, you’d get longer, you’d maybe get double that.

“I think now in the Premier League, you don’t, because people are now looking and thinking ‘can we get better than that manager? Yes we can’, and Aston Villa will believe that.

“The international break is an absolute killer for managers, if you’re not doing well before the international break, you’ve got a big problem.”

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