Michael Carrick has now taken over the role of caretaker manager at Manchester United, following the exit of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Englishman will be managing the team for the forthcoming games.
On Sunday 21st November, Man Utd announced Ole Gunnar’s departure from the club. The move came after a thrashing 4-1 defeat to Watford on Saturday. The board took the decision of relieving the Norwegian manager within a few hours after the game.
Meanwhile, former Man United player Michael Carrick took over and is now the team’s caretaker interim manager. The Englishman will hold the position until the board finds another manager for the remainder of the season.
Red Devils struggling for replacment manager
The former Man United player joined the club as a caretaker manager on 19th December 2018. He took over from José Mourinho for the rest of the 2018–19 season. The Red Devils have finished seventh, fourth, fifth, sixth, second, sixth, third and second in the eight Premier League campaigns since Ferguson stepped down as manager. Ole was responsible for the last three season finishes and exited while United are 8th this season.
The club now have new issues regarding managerial roles. While before it was of sacking Ole to get a new manager, now the issue is of finding one. The top choices for Utd are also now uncertain. Antonio Conte was the favourite to join, however, he is now clearly not a candidate anymore after he joined Tottenham Hotspur earlier this season. Managers Erik Ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers have also made their stance clear of not coming to Old Trafford.
There have been no news regarding the clubs’ connection with Zinedine Zidane, who was the top choice after Conte. Amidst the discussions, manager Mauricio Pochettino has emerged as a potential target, with talks between the Argentine and the club taking place. It is speculated that the 49-years-old manager will be the one to take over.
Can Michael Carrick offer anything to Man United?
After retiring, Carrick became a coach at Man United and was given a position as part of the coaching staff under Jose Mourinho. He later continued to work with Solskjaer, who praised him a lot after his exit:
“Michael Carrick is going to be in charge vs Villarreal. Michael, I have the utmost respect [for], I love Michael to bits. I’m becoming emotional now because he’s top. They’ll be fine. I’ll watch them and support them”
The Englishman will be in charge for Utd’s Champions League game against Villarreal with a permanent replacement for Solskjaer not expected to be appointed until the end of the season.
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