Man United interim manager Michael Carrick leaves club with immediate effect as Rangnick era looms

Manchester United have announced that Michael Carrick has decided to leave Manchester United after his tenure as interim manager.

United released a statement within minutes of the final whistle after their 3-2 win over Arsenal to reveal that Carrick had decided to step down from his role as first-team coach and would leave the club immediately. Watching from the stands, Ralph Rangnick will take charge on Friday until the end of the season.

“My time at this wonderful club will always be the best years of my career,” said Carrick. “When I first signed over 15 years ago, I never in my wildest dreams could have imagined winning so many titles, and I will certainly never forget the wonderful memories as a player and as a member of the coaching staff.

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“However, after much thought and deliberation, I have decided that it is the right time for me to leave the club. I want to put on record my thanks to all the players and especially to the staff in the back rooms, working long hours with such a wonderful group of people has been a real pleasure and has been a real pleasure. I made some long lasting friendships.

“I am, and always will be, a Manchester United fan and will attend as many matches as possible. I would like to wish Ralph, the staff, the players and the fans all the best for the future and I look forward to being in the stands and supporting the boys as a fan.”

Carrick took over as interim manager after the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on November 21. In his three matches in office, he led United to wins over Villarreal and Arsenal and a draw against Chelsea.

“He just spoke to us in the dressing room, and it’s a really emotional dressing room, having been a huge part of this club for a huge number of years as a player but also as a coach,” United captain Harry Maguire said after the match. . “He was a great player for this club, a legend in the club, he won everything at the club and he was a great server in terms of his coaching.

“He is a really likable guy, all the boys respect him and he has been great with all of us. We will miss him, of course we will, and we wish him well for the future.”

Carrick, who worked as a coach under Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho after his playing career ended in 2018, was the last to leave the field after the victory over Arsenal, spending time praising Stretford End.

Director of Football John Murtaug added: “Michael departs with sincere thanks and best wishes from everyone at Manchester United after 15 years of outstanding service to the club as a player and coach. While we are saddened by his passing, we respect and wish him well. He understands Michael’s decision.”

“He will always be known as one of the best midfielders in Manchester United history and most recently as an excellent coach who has worked tirelessly under two coaches to help develop the strong squad that Ralph will now take charge of. We are grateful for the consistent leadership Michael has shown during this period of transition. The manager, and while he is now turning away from the daily involvement, he will always be hailed once again as a legend of the club.”

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