Manchester United have named Michael Carrick as caretaker manager after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was fired.

Carrick will lead the team against Villarreal, and possibly Chelsea next weekend.

United are due to fly to Spain on Monday for Tuesday’s match, limiting the timeframe to bring in a quick replacement.

Solskjaer was fired after a 4-1 defeat to Watford.

The MEN had incorrectly claimed Darren Fletcher would take charge. Instead it is Carrick who gets the nod.

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Carrick outlasted Ole

Carrick was appointed as coach under Jose Mourinho and was kept on by Solskjaer.


He is unproven as a manager. The game against Villarreal will be his first in the dugout in sole charge.

For many, Carrick is too closely aligned with Solskjaer to make a major difference, but this is an interesting chance for him to prove he can be his own man.

Carrick won’t come into consideration for the full time role.

United are working behind the scenes on a potential replacement for Solskjaer, although there is no timeframe on when this might be.

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