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Graham Potter is a better boss than Erik ten Hag, says Darren Bent (Image: Getty/TalkSPORT)

Brighton head coach Graham Potter is a better manager than Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag according to Darren Bent.

The Seagulls are currently fourth in the Premier League after three wins, one draw and one loss in their first five games this season.

Ten Hag left Ajax to take charge of United in the summer and his side sit in 11th place, four points behind Brighton after playing a game in hand.

The Dutchman has become the first United manager to lose each of his first two games in charge of the club since John Chapman in November 1921 after a humiliating 4-0 defeat at Brentford earlier this month.

But Ten Hag’s side appeared to have turned the corner, recording back-to-back wins over Liverpool and Southampton ahead of the trip to Leicester City on Thursday.

However, Bent feels that Potter is the superior manager when the two are directly compared.

“I think Graham Potter is more than good enough to train at the highest level,” the former forward and current pundit told TalkSPORT.

‘[If Mikel Arteta left] I would be more than happy if he came to Arsenal. Would you take him to Manchester United? He’s better than Erik ten Hag.”

Bent then pointed to Brighton’s win over United at Old Trafford earlier this month, adding: “I saw what happened at the start of the season.

“One team looked like they had been trained, another looked like they didn’t know what they were doing.”

Potter left Swansea to take charge of Brighton in 2019 and guided them to a ninth place last season, the best top result in club history to date.

He started his managerial career in Sweden with Östersunds and took them from the fourth division to the top division for the first time in their history and also took them to the Europa League after winning the Svenska Cupen.

Ten Hag, meanwhile, was a manager at Go Ahead Eagles, Bayern Munich II and Utrecht before joining Ajax and helping them win three Eredivisie titles.

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