Michael Carrick reveals how Man United players reacted after he told them of his decision to step down as caretaker manager

Michael Carrick reveals how Man United players reacted after telling them of his decision to step down as caretaker manager

Manchester United former caretaker manager Michael Carrick has revealed that the players were ‘shocked’ and a ‘little bit emotional’ upon hearing he would step down as the first team coach and leave the club.

Man United appointed Carrick as their caretaker manager following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last two weekends.

Under the Englishman, Manchester United beat Villarreal 2-0 in the Champions League, drew at Chelsea 1-1 and secured a 3-2 home win over Arsenal in the Premier League.

The Man United legend was able to organised the team, and made them press better than they did during the first few weeks into the season.

While many were expecting him to remain at United in order to work with Ralf Rangnick, Carrick announced that he has left the club, a decision he only told his players a few minutes after the Arsenal game.

Carrick told Prime Video: “I just told them [the Manchester United players about his decision to leave] about five minutes ago.

“How did they react? They were shocked, a bit surprised, a little bit emotional in the changing room to be honest. I held it together just about.

Michael Carrick says Manchester United players were emotional after he told them he would leave the club

“I don’t know what I’m doing tomorrow. Take the kids to school and see what’s next. I’ve been so wrapped up in this week. Whatever happens next happens next. No agenda.”

Carrick told BBC: “I feel quite good. I feel quite calm which is quite satisfying because I’ve made the right decision.

“It has been a rollercoaster week thinking about the decision – it has taken a lot of time and effort in that way.”