Carrick announces departure from Man Utd ahead of Rangnick arrival

Stefan Bienkowski
Stefan Bienkowski 2 Dec 2021 23:47 CET 3 min read
Michael Carrick, Manchester United caretaker manager, Villarreal, Champions League

Manchester United caretaker manager Michael Carrick has announced that he will leave the club with immediate effect, ahead of Ralf Rangnick taking over as club manager.

Carrick began his coaching career under Jose Mourinho, when he was given a coaching role at the Old Trafford club, before joining Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s coaching staff in the 2018/19 season.

Following the departure of Solskjaer in November, Carrick took on the role of caretaker manager at the club, while Man Utd began their search for a new full-time head coach.

In his brief spell in charge of the side, Man Utd beat Villarreal 2-0, drew 1-1 with Chelsea and then beat Arsenal 3-2 at Old Trafford. A run of games which suggested that the young English coach certainly knew what he was doing.

However, with the arrival of Rangnick and his own coaching staff, Carrick has made the decision to depart and pursue work elsewhere.

'I am and always will be a Man Utd fan'

“My time at this great club will always rank as the best years of my career,” said the 40-year-old coach.

“When I first signed over 15 years ago, I never in my wildest dreams could have imagined winning so many trophies and I will certainly never forget the fantastic memories both as a player and as a member of the coaching team.

"However, after a lot of thought and deliberation, I have decided that now is the right time for me to leave the club.

"I want to place on record my thanks to all of the players and a special mention goes to the backroom staff. Working long hours with such a great 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. I would like to wish Ralf, the staff, the players and the fans all the best for the future and I look forward to being in the stands and supporting the boys as a fan.”