‘He knows what he wants’
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has tipped Michael Carrick to become the manager of Manchester United on a full time basis in the future.
Carrick oversaw four games in charge as caretaker boss of United following Solskjaer’s sacking last season however the Norwegian revealed that the former midfielder initially had reservations about taking the job.
“‘I love him as a person, but while he never said anything to me about it, the day I got booted, I went to see him and said: ‘I’m gone, they want you to take over,’ he told The Athletic.
“I told him that I wanted him to do it. After ten days, Michael came to me and said: ‘I don’t want to do this.”
After leaving the club in the wake of Ralf Rangnick’s appointment as interim boss until the end of the season, Carrick took up his first permanent managerial role with Middlesbrough where he has guided them to the Championship play offs in his first full campaign in charge.
And following on from his positive start to life in the dugout, his former associate has backed him to return to the dugout at Old Trafford in the future.
He said: “I am 100 per cent sure that Michael will be the manager of Manchester United if he wants to be.
“If I was a player I’d want him as a manager because he wouldn’t be unreasonable. He knows what he wants.
“He demands respect and hard work, but he gives it back as well.”
Middlesbrough will face Coventry in the semi finals of the play offs where they will go on to face the winner of the other clash between Luton and Sunderland for a place at Wembley on May 27.
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