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Michael Carrick says it’s time for me to leave Manchester United

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Michael Carrick stepped down as first team coach and ended his long relationship with Manchester United after overseeing Thursday’s thrilling win over Arsenal as caretaker manager.

Signing for Tottenham in 2006, the midfielder won a Champions League and five Premier League titles in a medal-filled career with the giants Old Trafford.

Carrick joined Jose Mourinho’s coaching staff after retiring in 2018 and then worked under him Ole Gunnar Solskjaer whom he entered after the Norwegian exited last month.

The 40-year-old oversaw a 2-0 Champions League win over Villarreal and a 1-1 Premier League draw against Chelsea, before beating Arsenal 3-2 at Old Trafford.

Thursday’s game proved his last as a United employee, with the club announcing shortly after the game that Carrick had resigned in front of the caretaker manager. Ralf Rangnick to be in charge of.

“I’ve been here for 15 and a half years now and it really takes over your life,” said the first-team coach. “It should do too.

“I gave everything I could as a player and then obviously as a coach.

“I promised my family while playing that after the game was over, because you put so much effort into it, that I would retire and we would have some time together. That never happened, so I went straight to coaching.

“Just like in recent days, it’s just the feeling that the time is right, it feels right.

“It’s not easy to make a decision in that respect, but in terms of my family and how I’m feeling right now, I’m really content and happy and looking forward to what’s ahead.

“It was a roller coaster, it was amazing. I have incredible memories, some special nights.

“Tonight is obviously special but tonight is not about me. It’s the players and the fans, going through those nights that we should.”

United fell to a strange Emile Smith Rowe goal on Thursday, before Bruno Fernandes leveled and Cristiano Ronaldo put the hosts ahead.

Martin Odegaard leveled before Carrick’s former team-mate Ronaldo sealed an emotional 3-2 victory from the penalty spot in the presence of Rangnick.

When asked as he informed the players and staff, the caretaker boss said: “I told the coaches, the first-team coach, today around lunchtime and after That’s what I told the players right after the game.

“I don’t want anything to happen to me today. It’s all about the players and getting the results right.

“I spoke directly to them after the game in the dressing room. Obviously it’s emotional, maybe caught them off guard a bit, but it’s a great group of players and I’m sure they’ll achieve great things.

“I will support them. I’m not going anywhere, I’m still here, I’ll support them all and go.

“My son is driving me crazy taking him away again. I told the players that I would be right behind them. “

Carrick made 464 appearances for United and left as a great club, with director of football John Murtough praising his impact as a midfielder and then as a manager.

“He will always be known as one of the finest midfielders in the history of Manchester United and, more recently, as a brilliant manager who has worked tirelessly under two managers to help develop the club. develop a strong roster that Ralf will be in charge of,” he said.

“We are grateful for the steady leadership Michael has shown through this transition, and while he is moving away from day-to-day involvement, he will always be welcome back as a club legend.”

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