Michael Carrick ‘privileged’ to take charge of Man United as caretaker boss after ‘emotional’ Solskjaer exit

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Michael Carrick ‘privileged’ to take charge of Man United as caretaker boss after ‘emotional’ Solskjaer exit
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Michael Carrick says it is a “privilege” to be in temporary charge of Manchester United as the caretaker boss declared himself happy to steady the ship for as long as the club needs.

The former midfielder was placed in charge on Sunday after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked by Manchester United.

Solskjaer was shown the door following a poor run of form that had seen United win one of their last seven Premier League games.

Carrick has been handed the reins while the club look for an interim appointment to see them through until the summer, and he will be in the dugout for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Villarreal.

Some have tipped the 40-year-old to stay in the hotseat for an extended period of time, but Carrick insists he isn’t thinking that far ahead.

“It's a privilege for me to now sit in this position. I understand the responsibility that comes with that, and now the focus is flipping our minds and moving forward quickly,” Carrick said.

“In terms of what I’ve been told and what I understand, and kind of my thought process and mindset, is preparing the team for tomorrow night, giving it my best. Obviously I know the boys very well, I know the staff very well and the club very well.

“This club has been my life for an awful long time now, so it’s the sacrifice and dedication you’ve got to get and you’ve got to give. I am prepared to do that, obviously however long it takes, I am prepared to do that for - whether it’s one game, whether it is two games, whether it is a little stretch longer than that.

“Right now I am not too sure. That’s not something that’s on my mind, it’s literally about tomorrow. It’s a big game obviously for us in terms of the group stages and trying to get through. I just go about my job exactly as I know, trust the people that I have behind me, and the staff and the players.”

Carrick has revealed it was an emotional experience on Sunday as Solskjaer was dismissed by Manchester United.

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The pair had enjoyed working together and Carrick has thanked the Norwegian for giving him the opportunity.

“Yesterday was a very emotional time for everybody at the club,” he said. “To see Ole unfortunately lose his job yesterday was tough for me.

“It was tough for a lot of people at the club and I think you can tell by the emotion that was around the place yesterday what Ole meant to everyone.

“I want to say a massive thank you to Ole, certainly from me and the staff, as well as the players, because I learnt an awful lot from him. He taught me a lot and it’s been an absolute pleasure working with him.”

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