It has been a hectic 10 days for Michael Carrick after taking charge of the team as caretaker manager.
We are being made wait a little longer to see interim boss Ralf Rangnick in the dugout due to work permit delays.
Carrick, who claims to have not spoken to Rangnick ahead of the game tomorrow night, will be tasked with a visit from Arsenal in the Premier League.
Ahead of the match, a reporter asked Carrick what he has learned over the past 10 days.
Carrick said (via Manchester Evening News): “Good question. A lot has happened in the last week to 10 days, [I] had to certainly adapt and take on a new challenge and different kind of skill set.
“I’ve kind of enjoyed seeing how I’ve come to that, we don’t know in this situation, it’s something you’ve got to learn on the job but for the most part, I’ve enjoyed it.”
Carrick’s role will probably change after the Arsenal game, with United expecting Rangnick to be in the dugout on Sunday against Crystal Palace.
Then will come the chance to work as a coach under a new manager which usually brings a completely environment than before. Having previously worked closely with Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, it’s time for Carrick to learn from Rangnick’s methods.
It’s bound to benefit him as a coach.
“I think you always have your own ideas, whether it’s players, coach, manager or whoever, [because] as an individual, there are certain things you prefer that come naturally to you,” he added.
“I’m always prepared to learn. I’ve learnt an awful lot this week, learned on the job, but being pretty close and seen what’s going on in recent years, it’s not been as much of a step up as people think.”
That would suggest Carrick has previously had a hands-on approach to coaching, and I would think that was intensified under Solskjaer.
Carrick’s career path as a coach will be an interesting one to follow. It’s still early days for the former Manchester United midfielder.