Michael Carrick speaks out on Manchester United facing Chelsea

Michael Carrick speaks out on Manchester United facing Chelsea

Manchester United acting manager Michael Carrick has maintained that he is entirely focused on the game against Chelsea on Sunday and won’t let the interim speculation affect him.

Man United bounced back to winning ways on Tuesday night against Villarreal in the Champions League, under Carrick, and thanks to goalscorers Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho.

The former England international is set on taking charge of his second game as United’s acting manager this Sunday against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.

He understands how tough the game would be but points out that the win over Villarreal in the mid-week has given a boost to his players.

“My pure focus is on preparing the team as best as I can [for Chelsea] — It’s a huge responsibility that I have at the moment and I’ve given it everything,” Carrick told MUTV.

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“Anything after Sunday is not in my thoughts at the moment.

“It [Villarreal win] was a big boost for us, much-needed win. Mainly for the players to have that feeling again and get the confidence back that we lost.”

On being a manager, Michael Carrick said: “Some decisions are bigger than others, that is normal.

“I’ve been quite calm this week, players and staff have supported me well — I have embraced the challenge. Testing time but once you get over that business takes over.”

On Chelsea’s tactics, the Man United legend added: “Super intense, well organised, really good movement across backline and their frontline.

“Very good at connecting with the midfield, with the back three building up and connecting into midfield, narrowing up & giving you problems with the wing-backs.”