MANCHESTER, England – Michael Carrick has decided to leave Manchester United after his stint as interim manager, the club have announced.
United released a statement minutes after the final whistle after their 3-2 win over Arsenal to reveal that Carrick have decided to step down as first-team coach and will leave the club with immediate effect. Ralf Rangnick, who was watching from the stands, will take the reins on Friday until the end of the season.
“My time at this great club will always be considered the best years of my career,” said Carrick. “When I first signed over 15 years ago, in my wildest dreams, I could never have imagined winning so many trophies and I will certainly never forget the fantastic memories both in as a player and as a member of the coaching staff.
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“However, after much thought and deliberation, I have decided that the time has come for me to leave the club. I want to thank all the players and a special mention to the staff at the back room, working long hours with such a large group of people has been a real pleasure and I have made some lasting friendships.
“I am and always will be a Manchester United fan and will be in as many matches as possible. I wish Ralf, the staff, the players and the fans all the best for the future and look forward to being in the stands and supporting the boys as a fan. “
Carrick took over as interim boss after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking on November 21. In his three games at the helm, he led United to wins against Villarreal and Arsenal and a draw against Chelsea.
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“He just spoke to us in the locker room, a really moving locker room, because he has been an integral part of this club for many years as a player but also as a coach,” United captain Harry Maguire said after the match. match. . “He’s been a great player for this club, a legend at the club, he’s won everything at the club and he’s been a fantastic servant in terms of coaching.
“He’s a really nice man, all the guys respect him and he’s been amazing to all of us. We will miss him, of course we will miss him, and we wish him good luck for the future. “
Carrick, who worked as a coach under Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho after ending his playing career in 2018, was the last to leave the pitch following the victory over Arsenal, spending time cheering on the Stretford End.
Director of Football John Murtough added: “Michael leaves with the most sincere thanks and best wishes from everyone to Manchester United after 15 years of outstanding service to the club as a player and coach. 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 club legend. ”