Michael Carrick has spoken to the press this afternoon ahead of Manchester United’s Premier League clash with Arsenal.
It’s likely to be Carrick’s final game as United’s caretaker manager, as incoming interim boss Ralf Rangnick is expected to be in the hot seat for Sunday’s visit of Crystal Palace.
However, visa issues have prevented the German from taking charge of his first game at Old Trafford on Thursday even though it has been confirmed he will manage the club until the end of the season.
Instead, Carrick will lead the team against the Gunners and the former midfielder will be hoping the positive impact he’s had on the side continues after a victory over Villarreal and a draw with leaders Chelsea.
Cristiano Ronaldo was hot topic in the press conference after he was benched for Sunday’s trip to Stamford Bridge and Carrick was also asked several questions about the incoming Rangnick.
You can see everything he had to say below.
That’s all for the open sectionThe open section of the press conference has now come to an end.
Speaks highly of Fred”I think that get overlooked, first choice for Brazil in a good Brazil team shows far how Fred’s come since he came to the club. And hope much he’s improved. I really like him. One of the biggest things is his attitude and desire to be a key player, desperate to put himself out there and play games. He twisted his ankle against Villarreal in the first-half and you’ve seen a lot of players come off, to carry one when it’s swolen and sore is hard but he carried on then bounced into the game and there was no way he was going to miss the next game.
“That mentality is infectious, I think he’s improved an awful lot, Fred. He brings a great energy to the team and he’s improving, he’s played a little higher up the pitch than before because we tweaked a couple of things for both games and he’s done ever so well. The regains and especially Cristiano’s goal against Villarreal epitomises that and he almost did it when he intercepted from Mendy. He brings an awful lot to the team and I like him an awful lot.
Willing to learn under Rangnick?”I think you always have your own ideas, whether it’s players, coach manager or whoever, as an individual, there are certain things you prefer, that come naturally to you. I’m always prepared to learn, I’ve learnt an awful lot this week, learned on the job, but being pretty close and seen what’s going on in recent years, it’s not been as much of a step up as people think.”
Responsibility of making big decisions like dropping Ronaldo “I think those types of decisions get blown up than they are when you’re inside the team and the club, decisions are made for lots of different reasons, certain ones get bigger news than others, I didn’t see it as a major decision. It certaintly wasn’t within the group. We all got on really well, the game went well to an extent and it wasn’t a drama at all.”
Have you spoken to Rangnick?No. It’s pretty much as it was when I said there with the games we’ve already been through, because of the process and work permit we haven’t been able to, we’ve carried on, it’s worked well the last two games and hopefully will tomorrow.
Rangnick update”Literally, I haven’t really got anything to update you on other than the work permit process is ongoing as we speak and I’m in this position as I was for Villarreal and Chelsea getting the boys ready for the game tomorrow night.”
What have you learned in the last 10 days?”Good question, a lot has happened, in the last week to 10 days, had to certainly adapt and take on a new challenge and different kind of skill set, I’ve kind of enjoyed seeing how I’ve come to that, we don’t know in this situation, it’s something you’ve got to learn on the job but for the most part, I’ve enjoyed it.
We’ll soon be joined by CarrickAnd will bring you everything he has to say.
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United vs Young Boys can be played at Old Trafford as plannedThere were concerns that the game may have to be moved to a natural venue due to Switzerland’s isolation rules for people returning to the country from the UK, however, Young Boys have been granted a permit so they won’t have to.
The tweet from Young Boys translates to: “YB has received a special permit from the Canton of Bern for away matches in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Youth League. Thus, players and staff do not have to go into ten-day quarantine after the return journey.”
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Why Ralf Rangnick is still waiting for work permit to take over at Manchester United The Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick’s work permit has been delayed as he does not meet the Football Association’s automatic criteria.
Any non-UK citizen wishing to work in English football now has to obtain a Governing Body Endorsement as part of post-Brexit regulations. United winger Amad became the first player to be signed and registered in the UK under new post-Brexit rules, which came into effect from January 1.
Despite United’s familiarity with the process from completing the £37million transfer of the Ivory Coast winger nearly 11 months ago, they have encountered a hold-up with Rangnick’s process as he has only coached for one season in the last five years.
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Mikel Arteta makes Ralf Rangnick prediction before United vs Arsenal Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta admits that he’s interested to see how Ralf Rangnick fares at Manchester United after sharing his verdict on the appointment.
Having come under mounting pressure before the November international break, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was finally issued his P45 by the Premier League giants last month.
After placing Michael Carrick in caretaker charge, United were interested in Mauricio Pochettino but, instead, they opted to appoint Rangnick as interim manager until the end of this season.
He won’t take charge against the Gunners at Old Trafford on Thursday night, though.
See what he said here.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta at a press conference (Image: 2021 The Arsenal Football Club Plc)Daniel Murphy
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