The interesting stats about Erik ten Hag and Mauricio Pochettino

With Erik ten Hag and Mauricio Pochettino clear favourites to take over at Manchester United in the summer, here are some of the most interesting statistics on the two managerial candidates.

Carteret Analytics – who provide detailed manager assessments to Premier League, EFL, Bundesliga and MLS clubs – have assessed each candidate, including the two front runners, for the BBC.

Erik ten Hag

The Dutch coach is known for his dominant style of play and the stats from Carteret Analytics back those claims up.

With data provided by Opta, it was shown that Ten Hag’s Ajax side have the highest average possession of any candidate for the United job, with 67 per cent.

Going further into the details of how the 52-year-old manages his Ajax side, Carteret Analytics show that the team are averaging 2.96 goals and conceding 0.48 per league game this season.

Another interesting stat is the amount of high turnovers that his team complete — 12.59 per game.

This would suggest that the style would be a favourable one for Ralf Rangnick, who will be moving upstairs into a consultancy role when the new manager comes in.

Of course, managers will have certain strengths but there will always be potential weaknesses to every appointment too.

Carteret Analytics told the BBC about Ten Hag’s strengths: “He has a number of exceptional ratings and metrics – strategic intelligence, shot conversion of his teams, prevention of shot conversion by opposing teams, shot creation (which is exceptionally high) and conversion of possession into successful match outcomes.”

But they also highlight the possible drawbacks from appointing the Dutchman.

“There are some yellow flags. He manages in the Eredivisie, has a relatively average tactical command which suggests he is not as good as transforming in-match positions into a better outcome. He also has a relatively low attacking coefficient, suggesting a more reserved style of play.”

Mauricio Pochettino

The slightly less popular pick among United supporters is still an interesting option and the statistics suggest that his team is one that plays some great football.

His PSG side have more passes per sequence (5.26) and moves of 10 or more passes (21 per game) than the likes of Chelsea, Real Madrid, Ajax, United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Speaking on the Argentinian manager, Carteret Analytics say: “He has excellent overall strategic intelligence and tactical command. He is one of the ‘thinkers’ of the group.

“He achieves noticeably more successful outcomes from home matches than away matches. He has a very high attacking coefficient, which United supporters may appreciate; and achieves a very good level of success from the attacking style of play.”


With the analytical company predicting third place finishes for both managers if they come into United for next season, it’s suggested that not only are they both positive options for the club, but that they will need time to implement their style and have it in full effect in the Premier League.

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