Manchester United owners the Glazer family reportedly consider Michael Carrick to be a possible permanent head coach despite his sensational decision to quit on Thursday night. News broke after the Red Devils’ 3-2 victory over Arsenal that Carrick, who was expected to assist interim head coach Ralf Rangnick, would leave Old Trafford after 15 years.
The 40-year-old was placed in caretaker control of the first team after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking in November.
He remained unbeaten in his three games in charge and United impressed with their performances.
It was an almighty turnaround to previous displays, in which the Premier League side had looked lacklustre in the final weeks of Solskjaer’s reign.
A 2-0 win against Villarreal helped United advance to the knockout rounds of the Champions League.
They then recorded an impressive 1-1 draw with league leaders Chelsea, although were dominated for large parts of the game.
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Thursday’s success in an enthralling encounter with Arsenal brought to an end Carrick’s short reign.
However, United are understood to consider Carrick a possible future boss.
According to the Telegraph, the Old Trafford hierarchy, which includes the Glazer family, could turn to the former midfielder in any future search for a new manager.
Carrick’s departure ended his long association with the 20-times English champions, having first signed for the club in 2006 before taking on a coaching role after his retirement.
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“I want to place on record my thanks to all of the players and a special mention goes to the backroom staff, working long hours with such a great group of people has been a real pleasure and I have made some long-lasting friendships.
“I am, and will always be, a Manchester United fan and will come to as many matches as possible.
“I would like to wish Ralf, the staff, the players and the fans all the best for the future and I look forward to being in the stands and supporting the boys as a fan.”
Carrick will now pass over the baton to former RB Leipzig tactician Rangnick, whose first game in charge will be Sunday’s clash with Crystal Palace.