Later News Dec 03

Carrick leaves Manchester United with Arsenal victory as parting gift

He led Manchester United to two wins and a draw in a difficult run of three games which saw the Red Devils take on Villarreal, Chelsea and Arsenal.


Despite that, however, caretaker manager Michael Carrick will not – unlike Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – be handed the reins to the wheel at the club, much to the disappointment of rival fans everywhere.


Instead, just minutes after overseeing United’s 3-2 win over Arsenal, Carrick announced that he will be leaving United completely, with Ralf Rangnick set to take over as interim manager till the end of the season.


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“My time at this great club will always rank as the best years of my career,” said Carrick. “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.”


Thankfully for Carrick, he will leave United unbeaten and on a high, as his side overcame their fellow fallen giants Arsenal at Old Trafford in a pulsating game of low quality.


Emile Smith Rowe gave Arsenal the lead in the 13th minute, but strikes from Bruno Fernandes (44’) and Cristiano Ronaldo (52’) – scoring his milestone 800th career goal – put United in front. 


Martin Odegaard restored parity for the Gunners two minutes later, but then conceded a penalty in the 69th minute after a foul in the box on Fred. With Fernandes having already achieved his aim of getting Solskjaer sacked (remember that uncharacteristic ballooned penalty at Aston Villa?), he handed the penalty duties over to Ronaldo, who made no mistake from 12 yards out.


The result helped to push United up to seventh in the table, just two points behind Arsenal in fifth, and a further point behind fourth-placed West Ham.


For the Emirates Stadium outfit, however, the loss to United meant that they have yet to beat any of teams that finished in the top-four last season, having previously suffered defeats to Manchester City, Chelsea, and Liverpool.


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Nonetheless, Arsenal were expected to beat this United side, which still relied on McFred in their midfield, and their failure to do so naturally left their fans deeply upset.


Nonetheless, manager Mikel Arteta insists his side have improved since their 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool, which, honestly, isn’t a very high bar to beat in the first place.


“We’ve come a long way since the game at Anfield. We were able to maintain higher periods for longer,” said Arteta.


“When we were in control, we had a better structure and created chances. When it was 2-2, we needed to build momentum to get the win.


“There were a lot of things that I liked in the game. I liked the behaviour of individuals. When you score two goals at Old Trafford you expect to get something from the game and that is a regret, but that is our fault.


“When you see the game, you would say we deserved more but that is what happens against this quality of opponent.”




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