Michael Carrick gives his verdict on Erik ten Hag and Jesse Lingard's next move
Former Manchester United player and coach Michael Carrick is looking forward to the club’s new era under Erik ten Hag.
Following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking back in November following a 4-1 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road, Carrick was placed in caretaker charge until interim boss Ralf Rangnick took the reins.
Carrick undertook a three-game spell in charge from which he helped us qualify for the Champions League last-16 with a win at Villarreal and got four points from two games against Chelsea and Arsenal.
But following Rangnick’s arrival, the five-time Premier League winner decided to part ways with Manchester United and the 2007-08 Champions League winner is yet to take up a coaching role since leaving the Theatre of Dreams.
Michael Carrick gives his verdict on Erik ten Hag
United’s former assistant manager spoke to Sky Sports News at the British Grand Prix qualifying at Silverstone yesterday and he spoke about the growing optimism surrounding Ten Hag’s arrival.
Speaking on the former Ajax’s appointment as the Manchester United’s fifth permanent manager since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, the former England international said: “I think he’s proved at Ajax and in his coaching career that he’s got strong beliefs and his teams play a certain way and I’m looking forward to seeing that.
“I hope they get a good start this season – I think he can get a good start to the season – and then they get the momentum from there.
“You want to be right up there, of course you do. You want to be challenging.
“At the start of every season for Manchester United, you want to be trying to win trophies and win the league, so I’m sure they’ll be trying to do that.”
As well as giving his verdict on Erik ten Hag, Michael Carrick also spoke about the future of Jesse Lingard who is now a free agent following his release from the Red Devils.
The 29-year-old, who is in talks with Everton about a potential free transfer but is also the subject of interest from West Hama and Tottenham, will be keen to secure first-team football with the World Cup on the horizon.
The attacking midfielder made Gareth Southgate’s provisional squad for last summer’s rearranged European Championships, but he didn’t make the final squad.
After a frustrating season at United, which brought just four starts across all competitions, Carrick spoke about the importance of Lingard getting his next move right.
The 40-year-old said: “World Cup year is a big year for many.
“The World Cup comes off the back of playing well for your club, so for Jesse it’s a big decision to get the right club to play for to enjoy his football and to get back to playing well again.
“Hopefully he can do that.”