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Michael Carrick sends message to incoming interim Man Utd boss Ralf Rangnick


Michael Carrick looks set to hand over the reins to Ralf Rangnick (Picture: Getty)

Michael Carrick remained coy when asked about Ralf Rangnick’s impending appointment as interim boss at Manchester United but insists he will be inheriting a talented group of players to work with.

Carrick has been placed in caretaker charge of the club since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking last week and oversaw a 2-0 win against Villarreal in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The former Red Devils midfielder will be in charge for United’s clash with Chelsea on Sunday before handing over the reins to Rangnick.

The German is on the brink of being announced as the club’s interim boss that will see him take charge until the end of the season when a new permanent appointment will be made.

Rangnick, who has vast experience of coaching in the Bundesliga with Schalke, Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig, is then set to take up a two-year consultancy role at United when his time as interim manager comes to an end.

Speaking in Friday’s press conference, Carrick was asked about the situation regarding Rangnick but gave little away.

However, he does think the new manager can have a positive impact on the current group of players.

Ralf Rangnick was previously in charge of RB Leipzig (Picture: TF-Images via Getty Images)

‘From my point of view not a lot, speculation and reports are just that,’ he said.

‘My head is just on the game.

‘I think you can get ideas across quickly. Sometimes it is just a different voice, history proves that.’

‘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 real good talent within the squad, sure they’ll look forward to what’s ahead.’

Rangnick is currently the head of sports and development at Lokomotiv Moscow and United still need to agree terms with the Russian club for his switch.

Moscow chairman Alexander Plutnik recently insisted they will be ‘fine’ if the 63-year-old departs.

‘Things are good,’ said Plutnik.

‘We are now focused on the game [against Lazio]. We will think after the match. Everything will be fine.’

More to follow.


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