Michael Carrick got his managerial career off to the best possible start on Tuesday evening as he guided Manchester United to the next round of this season’s Champions League.
Villarreal were the opponents and after winning the first game between the two sides at Old Trafford, this victory in Spain confirmed passage to the round-of-16.
Carrick is in temporary charge until an interim manager is in place but following the win at Villarreal, former United midfielder Paul Scholes made his view on Carrick clear.
Scholes rejected the idea of Carrick remaining at the club until the end of the season, insisting United must have the best in class.
"This is Manchester United, you've got to have the best in charge."
"Michael Carrick is a coach, NO experience."
Could Man Utd turn to Carrick as a permanent option if he produces good results?
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 23, 2021
“This is Man United, you’ve got to have the very best in charge,” Scholes told BT Sport, as seen above. “Michael Carrick, he’s a coach, he’s had one game in charge as a manager of Manchester United.
“No experience anywhere else, he can’t. As much as I like the lad, they cannot appoint him. They need the very best. The very best who’s available as an interim or the very best who’s full-time.”
SN’s verdict on Carrick staying until the end of the season…
Manchester United are looking for an interim manager and despite the romance of Carrick taking charge, the club have been there and done that with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
As Scholes points out, the 40-year-old has no managerial experience and considering the squad that has been built over the last couple of years, the very best in class is required.
Whether that person is available immediately remains to be seen. Former Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has been linked with the job, with some reports claiming the club has entered into talks with the Spaniard.