Erik ten Hag began Manchester United’s season with a surprise defeat against a Brighton side led by Graham Potter.

Potter soon afterwards clinched a move to Chelsea after the Blues fired Thomas Tuchel, and the English coach was tipped for huge success.

However, a few months on, Chelsea and Potter sit a dismal 10th place, 10 points behind Manchester United, who have a game in hand.

Ten Hag’s United are still in both domestic cup competitions, while Chelsea are out, and pressure is building on the manager.

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Paul Merson’s comparison has aged terribly

Last September, former Arsenal midfielder and Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson proclaimed that Graham Potter was the superior hire over Ten Hag.

He told SportsKeeda: “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.”

Cut to the present, and it’s all working out terribly for Graham Potter, and Paul Merson.

Erik ten Hag is looking like a genius, with 20 wins in his first 27 Manchester United games, the fastest of any Red Devils manager ever to reach this figure.

Not a single Manchester United supporter would swap Ten Hag for Potter; they likely wouldn’t have in September, when Merson’s comments were outrageous enough – and certainly not now.

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