Michael Carrick left Man United with his head held high

After the exit of former Manchester United legend and manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer due to the club’s inconsistent run of results, some Manchester United fans couldn’t conceal their joy of seeing the back of the man. 

The Norwegian gaffer was branded and seen by many as a technically and tactically unfit figure sound enough to paddle the Manchester United boat. 

Michael Carrick was appointed as caretaker manager after his exit. The club legend was part of Ole’s managerial coaching staff before he was axed after their scandalous loss against Hornets on matchday 12 of the 2021/22 Premier League. The loss was the final straw before he was butted out. 

After 11 days in the job with 2 wins and a draw, Michael Carrick has left Premier League giant following his side’s 3-2 win over Arsenal on Thursday night at the Theatre of dreams. 

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Before his temporary taking over, United had made a preparation to land an interim manager whose credential is more pronounced than the outgone manager. 

Ole took over from Portuguese tactician Jose Mourinho in 2018, three years down the line, United were unable to add any trophy to their cabinet. The last trophy they added was that of the Europa League they won against Ajax in 2017 under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho. 

Since then, a perennial winner of trophies like Manchester United have been a shadow of their past successful years. 

German gaffer, Ralf Rangnick was appointed to take over as interim manager until the end of the current campaign. He’s the sixth manager since Sir Alex Ferguson’s triumphant exit. 

Carrick, during the interview, said, “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 send my gratitude to all 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.” 

The Football Director of Manchester united John Murtough said the club were not in a happy mood seeing their club hero leaving them.


“Michael leaves with the sincerest thanks and best wishes of everyone at Manchester United after one and a half decades of exceptional service to the club as a player and as a coach. While we are sad to see him depart, we respect and understand Michael’s decision,” he said.

Carrick joined Manchester united in 2006 from Tottenham hotspur during the reign of Scottish gaffer and Manchester United manager of all time, Sir Alex Ferguson. he was barely 25 years old when he was snapped up from Spurs for 18 million pounds. 

The England international’s career trajectory couldn’t have been more fulfilling and glamorous than what he had at Old Trafford if he had stayed at spurs. he had a successful laden one in the red shirt. 


Having spent a good number of his professional years in the theatre of dreams with 464 appearances, 17 trophies, 5 of which are Premier League, 1 UEFA champions league, 1 Europa League, 2 EFL Cups, 1 FA Cup, 1 club world Cup, and other trophies. 

Carrick retired in 2018 after 12 years at Manchester United and 19 years altogether. 

The question in the mind of his fans and followers is; what’s next for Carrick? Some opined he should have stayed put and worked with the incoming German gaffer, Ralf Rangnick to garner more experience but some quarters believe it’s a wise decision for him to chart his course and chase his coaching career.