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Michael Carrick has decided to leave Man Utd with immediate effect after their 3-2 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford.
The former midfielder worked as a coach under Ole Gunnar Solskjær and became deputy manager after the Norwegian’s dismissal. He took charge of a Champions League victory over Villarreal and a draw in the Premier League against Chelsea, as well as Thursday’s five-goal thriller against the Gunners.
Carrick could have resumed his role as first-team coach under interim manager Ralf Rangnick, but that will not be the case.
Shortly after the final whistle in Manchester, Carrick issued a statement which read: “My time at this fantastic club will always be the best years of my career. When I first signed over 15 years ago, I could never in my wildest dreams have imagined me winning so many trophies and I will certainly never forget the amazing memories both as a player and as a member of the coaching staff.
“But after a lot of deliberation and deliberation, I have decided that now is the right time for me to leave the club.
“I would like to write my thanks to all the players and a special mention goes to the staff in the back room that working long hours with such a large group of people has been a real pleasure and I have made some long lasting friendships.
“I am and will always be a Manchester United fan and will come to as many matches as possible.”
The Englishman then sent a farewell message to the respected coach Rangnick. “I want to wish Ralf, the staff, the players and the fans all the best for the future and I look forward to standing in the stands and supporting the boys as a fan.”
Carrick supports Rangnick for being ‘successful’
During an interview after the match with Amazon prime, Carrick said it was ‘the right time’ to step down.
When asked about Cristiano Ronaldo, who got a buckle when he returned to the starting line-up, Carrick added: “He has been incredible this week. Yes, he did not start against Chelsea, but it was not a big deal for us.
“We talked about it, [he was] aboard it, the way he was about the group is just incredible. There was no drama. “
On Rangnick’s potential influence, the coach continued: “We have to wait and see, it’s been a great week, we’ve had to dig deep.
“I have 100 percent confidence in the players that they will continue to be successful as long as they keep doing the right things.”
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