Manchester United caretaker boss Michael Carrick has opened up on the imminent arrival of Ralf Rangnick ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Chelsea. The Red Devils go into the game on a high after beating Villarreal last time out. And victory would see them boost their chances of turning their campaign around.
Manchester United sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last weekend after losing 4-1 away at Watford.
And Rangnick is primed to take over, with the Red Devils choosing the 63-year-old over other candidates Rudi Garcia and Ernesto Valverde.
Work permit reasons, and the fact United are yet to reach an agreement with Lokomotiv Moscow, mean Rangnick won’t be in the dugout for Sunday’s match with Chelsea.
Instead, Carrick will again be in charge for the match having masterminded a 2-0 win over Villarreal in midweek.
And, speaking ahead of the match at Stamford Bridge, the retired midfielder opened up on Rangnick’s imminent appointment.
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The Red Devils caretaker boss gave very little away when asked specifically about Rangnick, saying: “From my point of view not a lot, speculation and reports are just that.
“My head is just on the game.
“There’s a lot of different styles and there’s a good group of players here.
“Whoever comes in and whatever is implemented I’m sure they can adapt, there’s some really good talent within the squad, sure they’ll look forward to what’s ahead.”
Carrick also stressed he was merely focused on the upcoming match with Chelsea, who currently sit top of the Premier League table.
“My pure focus is on preparing the team as best as I can,” added the five-time Premier League title winner.
“It’s a huge responsibility that I have at the moment and I’ve given it everything.
“Anything after Sunday is not in my thoughts at the moment.”
United beat Villarreal 2-0 last time out under Carrick.
Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring, capitalising on a mistake, before Jadon Sancho made the result safe late on.
And Carrick has admitted he’s hopeful his side will use that result as a platform to build on.
“It was a big boost for us, much-needed win,” he said.
“Mainly for the players to have that feeling again and get the confidence back that we lost.
“It is another massive game for us. These are the ones you have to enjoy. It will be a good test for us.”
And, on how he’s adjusted to being a manager, he added: “You are who you are and that is kind of my personality.
“Some decisions are bigger than others, that is normal. I’ve been quite calm this week, players and staff have supported me well.
“I have embraced the challenge. Testing time but once you get over that business takes over.”
Carrick feels Sancho can now kick on for United as well, now he’s finally up and running for the season.
“He is a terrific player Jadon. He is never happier than when the ball is at his feet. That is purely when he is at his happiest, I’ve seen that in training,” said Carrick.
“The other side is his attitude, work rate. He put in an overall performance. He has got a massive future ahead of him.
“Creation in any team is important and that is why we brought him to the club.
“There is so much more to come from him.”