Michael Carrick leaves Man United after 15 years

Carrick's last game as caretaker boss saw his decade-and-a-half stay at United ending on a memorable note

By Web Desk
December 03, 2021
Michael Carrick.  Photo Source:Twitter

Michael Carrick has decided to leave Manchester United, after a decade-and-a-half stay at the club, on a high note as his last match as caretaker boss saw United outclassing Arsenal by 3-2, with interim boss Rangnick set to take over.

Carrick who announced his decision after United's much-needed win over Arsenal on Thursday, said: "After a lot of thought and deliberation, I have decided that now is the right time for me to leave." 

Carrick added: "It wasn't easy telling the players. In some ways you feel like you're leaving them in the lurch but sometimes you have to do what's right. I've loved working with them they are a terrific group of players."

Manchester United's Football Director, John Murtough United's said that Carrick was leaving after 15 years of "exceptional service" to the club as a player and a coach.

John added: "He will always be known as one of the finest midfielders in the history of Manchester United."

Michael Carrick in a 12 years stay at Old Trafford as a player from 2006-18 won won five Premier Leagues titles, one UEFA Champions League and Europa League.

After finishing his career as a player in 2018, Carrick was first-team coach under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who joined United in 2018.

Carrick said: "It's not been an easy decision to make but I feel it's the right one. It's 100% my decision. Over the last week I was conscious I respected the club and the manager coming in. I thought it was the right thing to do for the club and for Ralf. I'm quite happy with that.

"The loyalty to Ole is a little bit of a factor but there were a lot of things that came into my decision."

Speaking to BBC Sport, Carrick added: "I was conscious of making my decision before any real conversations with Ralf. I wanted to be clear cut. It was nothing personal at all."