Michael Carrick gives reasons for leaving Man United and lauds Cristiano Ronaldo following Arsenal victory
Michael Carrick was on the touchline in his last game as the interim coach of Manchester United as his team beat Arsenal with the help of Cristiano Ronaldo. They had to come from behind to get the three points as Carrick saw his short stint end while being unbeaten.
United were the first to concede through a bizarre moment that resulted in Emile Smith Rowe putting the ball past David De Gea. Bruno Fernandes equalised with just a minute until the halftime whistle, however, and Ronaldo put the team in front following the break. Martin Odegaard scored just 2 minutes later but a penalty from Cristiano in the 70th minute gave us the win on the night.
Speaking in the post-match press conference (h/t Manchester United official website), the former midfielder revealed the circumstances and reasons for leaving the club. Ralf Rangnick will take over the role temporarily until the end of the season, after which, will become a consultant for two years.
“I did promise my family when I finished playing we’d have some time to spend together and that never happened because I jumped into the coaching role. As things pan out, things happen for a reason and it felt natural to make that decision.100 per cent my decision.”
The former Red Devils player also thanked the 36-year-old Portuguese superstar for his commitment in the short period that he was a manager. The latter was crucial for Carrick as he scored decisive goals against the Gunners and Villarreal in their 2-0 UEFA Champions League win.
“He’s been terrific this week, especially for me, the things I’ve asked of him and the way he’s gone about his business around the place, he’s been absolutely top drawer. No surprise he goes and scores again tonight. Perfect ending really.”
A fresh start
It is sad to see someone who has been at the club for a long time leave suddenly, but it is time for a fresh start under Rangnick. We are grateful to the Englishman for steadying the ship after taking over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. There were improvements within the team, even in such a short time, and we had three important results under his guidance.
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There were talks of a rift between the former teammates when CR7 got benched against Chelsea. However, his words show how that was just the work of the media to create speculations. And like Carrick said, it was a perfect ending to his time here as the Portuguese helped the team attain a sensational win.
The win saw Man United rise to seventh in the league, having 21 points from 14 matches. We are just three points off the top four places, which puts us in a good spot as we try to kickstart our season under the new interim boss, Ralf Rangnick. We will face Crystal Palace next, which will be his first game in the managerial role.