Man Utd ‘open’ to keeping Michael Carrick in charge if their demands are met

Manchester United are looking for an interim manager to take them through until the end of the season – and reports suggest current caretaker Michael Carrick could get that job

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  • 09:28, 24 Nov 2021
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Manchester United are reportedly considering keeping Michael Carrick in charge for the time being.

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The news comes less than 24 hours after the ex-midfielder won his first game as caretaker manager against Villarreal.

The result guaranteed United's place in the knock-out stages of the Champions League, with £73million summer signing Jadon Sancho scoring his first goal for the club.

Carrick was appointed caretaker on Sunday following the dismissal of struggling manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Red Devils have won just one of the last seven Premier League games, leaving them eighth in the table – 12 points behind leaders Chelsea.

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Michael Carrick won his first game as Manchester United manager against Villarreal on Tuesday
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The club plan on hiring an interim manager until the end of the season, with Carrick labelled the "interim interim manager".

According to The Times, however, United are now considering giving him an extended run in charge – if he can achieve a sharp upturn in performances and results.

That would allow the club time to identify a permanent successor to Solskjaer rather than another interim manager.

Or they could simply make Carrick their full-time interim manager until the end of the season, although that's a big ask with six months remaining.

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Many critics believe Carrick – along with fellow coaches Mike Phelan and Kieran McKenna – should've been dismissed alongside Solskjaer.

All three, like Solskjaer, were responsible for the team's recent plight, failing to identify solutions to their problems.

"You asked the question of whether they'll be any better tonight, but it's the same people running the team," said United legend Paul Scholes ahead of the win against Villarreal.

"It's the same people given massive responsibility to put the team out on the pitch, it's more Kieran McKenna, Michael Carrick, who have prepared the team.

Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino is the favourite for the United job
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"Ole gives them the responsibility to do that. Why that changes now, I don't know… they all should have gone.

"Ole trusted them each week to get the team prepared for games. They've let the club down, the players down, as much as Ole has."

Responding to Scholes' comments after the game, Carrick said: "It is not an important result for me personally.

"It's an important result for the club. It's been an emotional few days, the first person I spoke to after Ed offered me the role was Ole. I thought that was the right thing to do."

Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino remains the favourite for the United job, although he wasn't interested in discussing the matter when quizzed on Tuesday.

The French side take on Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday evening. "We are not here to speak about that [United interest]," said Pochettino.

"I respect my club PSG. What another club does is none of my concern. I will not comment on it. I am happy in Paris. I love the club & the fans. It is wonderful with PSG."

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