New Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick said he “tried to persuade” Michael Carrick to remain with the club.
Carrick’s spell as caretaker manager concluded with an impressive 3-2 home victory against Arsenal in front of an electric Old Trafford atmosphere.
The former midfielder took over the reins from the sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and led the Reds to a vital victory against Villarreal in the Champions League as well as an impressive away draw against current Premier League leaders Chelsea.
After Cristiano Ronaldo’s brace proceeding Bruno Fernandes’ first Premier League goal since September, secured the points against Mikel Arteta’s side, Carrick announced he will leave the club to pursue pastures new.
But Rangnick, who observed United’s vital win against Arsenal from the stands, said he wanted Carrick to stay with the club.
"I got to know this (Carrick’s departure) two days ago,” Rangnick said during his first press conference at the club.
I had a private conversation with him for more than an hour.
“I tried to persuade him to stay on board but in the end I had to accept his decision."
United were in ninth position in the Premier League when Carrick stepped into the helm after their 4-1 away loss to Watford.
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However, their upturn in form under the 41-year-old means Rangnick will take over a side who are only three points away from the top four.
While they have only jumped up two places into seventh, Carrick’s impressive results mean the German will have plenty of time to turn around their campaign, and also have a go at the Champions League.
After a plethora of delays, Rangnick will finally take charge of his first Manchester United match this weekend, when the Red Devils host Crystal Palace.
And before their huge contest against Patrick Vieira’s side, the 63-year-old clarified his expectations for the current crop of talent on the red half of Manchester.
“The players have to buy into the idea of how we should play in the future,” Rangnick added.
“It has to happen step by step, not in one or two sessions, but I’m more than happy with the quality of players we have here.”
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