Manchester United: Michael Carrick says he will act as interim manager for as long as he is needed

Michael Carrick will take temporary charge of Manchester United for at least their upcoming Champions League clash at Villarreal on Tuesday; Carrick pays tribute to outgoing coach Ole Gunnar Solskaer, admitting he was not aware of the Norwegian’s sacking until Sunday morning

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked on Sunday morning following United’s 4-1 defeat at Watford, with Carrick placed in temporary charge while the club look for an interim manager to see them through until the end of the season, at which point the plan is to recruit a permanent boss.

Carrick has not been made aware of how long he will be at the Old Trafford helm for, with his focus simply being on getting the team ready for their vital Champions League clash with Villarreal on Tuesday night, where victory will see them through to the knockout stages.

“It’s been literally just over 24 hours since everything’s unfolded and the game is not much further away in terms of time, so that is my focus, all I am thinking about is the game tomorrow,” he said at a press conference on Monday lunchtime.

I’m ready to help the club for however long I’m needed. And then I’ll go back to my job when someone else takes the job. I’m really looking forward to today and preparing the players.

I’ll give it my best. Hopefully we get some good results.”

Confirmation of Solskjaer’s sacking was announced on Sunday morning, but Carrick was not given any advance warning of the task that was about to placed on his shoulders.

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