Caretaker boss Michael Carrick was coy when asked about Ralf Rangnick’s imminent appointment as Manchester United interim boss.
Carrick is focused on getting a result at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, when the Reds travel to face Chelsea in the Premier League.
“From my point of view not a lot, speculation and reports are just that,” Carrick told reporters at the press conference this afternoon, as per the Manchester Evening News.
“My head is just on the game.”
So, anything beyond Sunday is not part of Carrick’s thinking at the moment because he’s got bigger fish to fry if he is to build on Tuesday night’s win over Villarreal in the Champions League.
However, it has been claimed by German reporter Patrick Berger that Rangnick will be in charge for the league fixture against Arsenal next Thursday.
🚨 Lokomotiv Moscow board have agreed to let Ralf Rangnick go to Manchester United. The way is clear now. The German gonna sign his contracts at the beginning of the new week (probably on Monday). He will be in charge first time for #MUFC versus Arsenal. @SPORT1
— Patrick Berger (@berger_pj) November 26, 2021
Carrick was questioned further on the imminent appoint of Rangnick when one reporter asked about the squad adapting to a new style, with the German known for his obsession with gegenpressing, which is bound to become a new buzz word on Stretty News.
“I think you can get ideas across quickly,” he added. “Sometimes it is just a different voice, history proves that.
“There’s a lot of different styles and there’s a good group of players here. Whoever comes in and whatever is implemented I’m sure they can adapt, there’s some real good talent within the squad, sure they’ll look forward to what’s ahead.”
I could warm to the idea of Carrick staying on as part of the coaching staff to develop under Rangnick and maybe even beyond.
From his years coaching at United, he has worked under Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Learning from another coach wouldn’t be a bad idea since the club has invested a lot of time and money in him already.