Alan Shearer congratulated Michael Carrick on leaving Manchester United following the end of his tenure as the club’s temporary manager.
Carrick has been appointed to head United after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking last month. In his three games at the helm, he guided the Red Devils to a 2-0 Champions League win at Villarreal, a 1-1 draw at Chelsea and a 3-2 win over Arsenal.
However, Carrick announced his decision to leave the club moments after United’s victory over Arsenal as he believes it is the ‘right thing’ to do before Ralf Rangnick arrives.
Alan Shearer praised Michael Carrick (above) for leaving Manchester United following the end of his tenure as the club’s temporary manager
Ralf Rangnick has been appointed the club’s new interim manager until the end of the season and will take charge of his first official game against Crystal Palace on December 5.
Speaking to Amazon Prime after United’s victory over Arsenal, Carrick announced his departure, saying: “It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but I think it’s the right one.
“I was going to take time off after I finished playing and that never happened. Now is the right time to walk away and what a way to end.
Carrick was placed on temporary charge after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking last month. Carrick guided them to a win at Villarreal, a draw at Chelsea and a win over Arsenal
However, Carrick announced his decision to leave following United’s win over Arsenal (above)
“It’s 100% my decision. During the last week I was aware that I respected the club and the manager. I thought it was the right thing to do for the club and for Ralf [Rangnick] and I’m quite happy with it.
“We were in a situation where there was a responsibility to carry out these games. Loyalty to Ole is a bit of a factor, but there was a lot that went into my decision.
“I had good times, great memories and I’m proud of the players in the last three games.
“I just told them and they were a little shocked and surprised, a little emotional in the locker room. I held it together pretty much. It wasn’t easy to keep him away from people, but I had a job to do.
Reflecting on Carrick’s announcement, Shearer said, “Fair play with him because there will be people who have said he was on Ole’s coaching staff.
“But as an assistant you can only comment on ‘no, I think we should play five at the back”, the manager says “no, I want to play four at the back”.
He said it was the ‘right thing’ to do before Ralf Rangnick arrived at Manchester United
Shearer said Carrick had done a ‘fantastic’ job at Manchester United and said he was a ‘great guy’
“That’s good, but then you have to support your manager and say okay, keep him in-house, don’t let the players know he’s giving an opinion.
“Then he has to support the manager in everything he says and does. He might not agree with what Ole was doing, but he has to support him.
“So he might think that Ole must have taken a lot of risk, in a fair, unfair way and he might think it’s fair to go away.”
“But what a fantastic job and what a great guy he is. In the three games he played, he prepared the team perfectly and they reacted very well.
Shearer went on to say that he believed the decision was up to Carrick. He said: “I think because it’s his decision he’s not leaving with a financial package.
“If it was the other way around” we don’t want you anymore, we fire you “, it’s different. But it is his decision, he gives up his contract. Didn’t he sign a new one this summer?
Thierry Henry (right) and Patrice Evra (left) believe Carrick left the club before being forced out by Rangnick
“He is leaving quietly, but after having done so many good things in this football club. It will not be the last time you will see him, whether it is a coaching position, a managerial position at another club.
Meanwhile, another expert, Thierry Henry, said Carrick left the club before he was forced out by Rangnick.
Henry said: “I’m also shocked and surprised, but you have to know that when you bring in someone new, they might bring people with them.
“I’m not saying it’s right or wrong, but when you employ someone who might want to work with people they’re used to working with, so I can understand that side of the argument. “
Patrice Evra added: “I agree with Thierry [Henry] where he leaves the club before they kick me out.
“Because if they don’t even speak with the new manager, that’s a strong sign that we don’t want you here anymore. I respect his decision, I spend time with his family.
Carrick joined United in 2006 and won five Premier League titles at the club as a player
Carrick has been on the Old Trafford coaching staff since his retirement in 2018
Carrick had been with the club since joining Tottenham as a player in 2006.
As a member of the team of players, he played 464 games, winning five Premier League titles, the Champions League, an FA Cup among other silverware.
After his retirement in 2018, he joined the first coach of the Old Trafford team, originally under the direction of Jose Mourinho.
He was kept when Solskjaer was appointed interim and then permanent manager of Manchester United.
Carrick then got his own shot in the hot seat when United sacked Solskjaer after their 4-1 loss to Watford.
During his tenure he brought United back to seventh place in the table with a Premier League win and a Premier League draw.
Still, that wasn’t enough to keep Carrick at the club.
Director of Football John Murtough said in United’s official statement: “While we are sad to see him go, we respect and understand Michael’s decision.
“He will always be known as one of the best midfielders in Manchester United history and more recently as an excellent coach who has worked tirelessly under the guidance of two managers to help develop the strong team including Ralf will now be in charge.
“We are grateful for the consistent leadership that Michael has shown throughout this period of managerial transition and, although he is now stepping away from his day-to-day involvement, he will always be welcome as a legend of the club. ”
Former and current Manchester United players have taken to Twitter to thank Carrick and congratulate him on his achievements with the club.
Rio Ferdinand wrote: “Always a class acts as a player and continued as an interim manager. Whatever you choose to do next, I wish you the best @ carras16. ‘
Jesse Lingard added: “The pleasure of playing with you @ carras16 made some great memories. Good luck in the future legend.
While Bruno Fernandes said: Really happy to celebrate my 100th appearance for this club with a win and with our fans. Hopefully many more games to come. I also wanted to thank Michael Carrick, a great Manchester United legend.
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire also wrote: “This one was for you @ carras16. Thanks for everything, legend.
Before Scott McTominay writes the following; “It’s hard to express how much you’ve helped me. What an incredible footballer and man off the pitch. This victory tonight was for you Carras. I wish you the best – LEGEND. ‘