Michael Carrick

Following the firing of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Michael Carrick will take over as interim manager of Manchester United.

After a sequence of dismal results that includes a 5-0 loss to arch-rivals Liverpool and a derby loss to Manchester City, United ended Solskjaer’s three-year tenure with an ugly 4-1 defeat at Watford, the first-team coach has stepped into the breach.

Carrick’s first task as caretaker manager, as the club’s leadership searches for an interim manager to see them through the season, is to address the media on Monday ahead of a critical Champions League match against Villarreal.

Solskjaer, who was brought in as a caretaker after Jose Mourinho’s departure in December 2018 before being hired on a permanent basis, said he paid the price for not being able to “take the next step” despite some promising advances.

United finished second in the Premier League last season, 12 points behind Manchester City, and lost the Europa League final to Villarreal following a protracted penalty shootout.

While Carrick is the immediate solution, United do not have a succession plan in place. Former United defender Gary Neville feels the club should go to Mauricio Pochettino, who is currently the manager of Paris Saint-Germain.

“He’s always been a stand-out candidate and the only name I’ve mentioned as someone I thought really suited Manchester United in terms of core principles and values and how they play, how he acts and behaves,” Neville told Sky Sports.

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