MANCHESTER, United Kingdom: Michael Carrick announced today he will leave Manchester United after three games as interim manager.
The former midfielder stabilized the Red Devils after the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, picking up four points from two Premier League rivals Arsenal and Chelsea as well as advancing to the last 16 of the Champions League.
Carrick is part of Solskjaer’s coaching staff and has been criticized by former United midfielders Paul Scholes and Roy Keane for remaining at the club after the Norwegian’s sacking.
New acting manager Ralf Rangnick saw a 3-2 win over Arsenal from the spectator seat at Old Trafford and will officially take over today.
“When I was first here 15 years ago, I never imagined I would win so many trophies and I will certainly never forget the amazing memories as a player and coaching staff,” Carrick said on United’s official website.
“However after much thought, I decided this was the right time for me to leave the club.
“I want to thank all the players and special for the behind -the -scenes staff, working for a long time with a great group of people was a true reflection of my joy and I created friendships for a long time.”
Carrick played 464 games for United between 2006 and 2018, winning five Premier League titles, the FA Cup, two League Cups, the Champions League, the Europa Cup and the Club World Cup.
He joined the first team coaching staff after retiring in 2018 and served under Jose Mourinho and Solskjaer.