Michael Carrick details his plans for Man Utd after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer dismissal

By Darren Wells

Michael Carrick admitted the atmosphere around Manchester United was "emotional" following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 's exit as he takes over the reins at Old Trafford.

But United's new caretaker boss is keen for his players to put recent disappointments behind them and focus on the task at hand as he prepares for the clash against Villarreal on Tuesday.

Carrick was questioned by reporters at his first press conference since Solskjaer was sacked on Sunday, following a dismal run ending in a 4-1 drubbing at Watford 24 hours prior.

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“First of all it has been an emotional time for everyone at the club,” Carrick said. “I’ve been working with Ole now for three years and I’ve known him an awful lot longer. I know the person he is, the values he has, what he believes and how he treats people.

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“To see Ole unfortunately lose his job yesterday was tough for me and tough for a lot of people at the club. You could tell by the emotion around the place yesterday what Ole meant to everyone.

“We understand and Ole understands it’s a results business so as much as you build the right foundations and environment and you show people the way, you sometimes don’t get what you deserve."

United had won just two of their last eight fixtures under Solskjaer, including damaging defeats to rivals Liverpool and Man City, as well as conceding four goals at Leicester.

Carrick is now tasked with steering United's Champions League qualification hopes in his first act as temporary boss, and accepted it was important to put Solskjaer's exit to the back of their minds.

“On the flip side football is football and it’s business as usual in terms of preparing the team for the game [vs Villarreal]," he continued. "It’s a privilege for me to sit in this position and I understand the possibilities that come with that.

“The focus now is on flipping our mindset very quickly and that’s something this club has done very well historically.”

United are now looking to appoint an interim boss until the end of the season before making a permanent decision in the summer, and Carrick insists he is happy to fulfil his current role for as long as he is needed in the hotseat.

Asked what he had been told about his role, Carrick replied: "From what I understand, my thought process is preparing the team. Trying my best.

"This club has been my life for a long time. It's the sacrifice you have to give. I'm prepared to do that for as long as I need to do, whether that is one or two games, or longer. I'm not thinking about that right now."

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Carrick has been part of United's backroom team for over three years, including a spell working with former boss Jose Mourinho.

One thing both Mourinho and Solskjaer have in common is that they were each criticised for their tactical approach and style of play.

Pressed on how his United team would look, Carrick said: "Me and Ole have very similar beliefs tactically. I have my own ideas but we have very similar beliefs.

"I'm not giving too much away but I have it very clear in my mind how I want the team to play.

"It's a challenge. You have to focus, there's a responsibility to be at this club in whatever position. I'll throw myself into everything I can. Of course it's a limited time but I'm relishing the challenge."


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