Carrick ready for Man Utd ‘privilege’ after Solskjaer’s sack

FOOTBALL: Michael Carrick said yesterday (22 November) he relished the “privilege” of temporarily taking over Manchester United as captain Harry Maguire called on players to take responsibility for the disastrous results which led to the dismissal of ‘Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Carrick, who won several major trophies as a United player between 2006 and 2018, will take over the management of Manchester United on a temporary basis following the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Photo: AFP

Solskjaer was sacked on Sunday after a dismal streak of a win in seven Premier League games, including heavy losses to Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester City and Watford.

Carrick, 40, was part of the Norwegian’s coaching staff but will take on the role of goalkeeper while the club work on plans to appoint an interim manager until the end of the season.

“Watching Ole unfortunately lose his job yesterday was difficult for me and a lot of people at the club,” said Carrick, who won several major trophies as a United player between 2006 and 2018.

“Yesterday you could tell the excitement around the place what Ole meant to everyone.

“We understand and Ole understands that this is a results business, so even if you build the right foundation and the right environment and show people the way, sometimes you don’t get what you deserve. “

Solskjaer was also initially placed on temporary charge after Jose Mourinho’s sacking in December 2018, but a streak of 14 wins in his first 19 games has earned him the job.

Carrick was coy about the possibility of replicating this turn of events, focusing on securing a place in the Champions League round of 16 with a win over Villarreal in Spain today.

“Whether it’s one game, two games, whether it’s a little longer than that, right now, it’s literally about tomorrow,” he said. “It’s a big game, obviously for us in terms of the group stages and trying to pass.

“It is a privilege for me to hold this position and I understand the possibilities that come with it.

“The objective now is to change our mindset very quickly and this is something that this club has done very well historically. “

Maguire explosion

United captain Harry Maguire, who was sent off in Saturday’s 4-1 humiliation at Watford, has agreed that the players have to accept responsibility for costing their former manager his job.

“The players have to take responsibility for everything on and off the football pitch. We are the ones crossing the white line, ”said the England defender.

“In the end, the manager paid the price and we are all disappointed. Of course, we take a huge responsibility, we weren’t good enough.

Solskjaer spoke to United players in a two-hour meeting on Sunday after learning he would be relieved of his duties.

“We deeply respect what Ole has done for the club – he is a legend at the club and he will remain a legend at the club,” said Maguire. “I don’t want to go too deep into what he said, but he wished us luck.

“One thing he said is that he will support us and want us to win every football game, which obviously shows the values ​​of the man.”

Maguire has been one of the main culprits in United’s terrible run as the form he has shown in helping England to the Euro 2020 final has left him at club level.

The world’s most expensive defender, who was one of Solskjaer’s first signings when he joined Leicester for £ 80million (B3.5bn) in 2019, has agreed that things need to be done. to improve.

“We have to find something in ourselves, find that focus, find that mentality to go and produce a good performance tomorrow and get the result we need for this club,” he said.

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