Manchester United have named their team to face Arsenal tonight.
The match marks the last of Michael Carrick’s short tenure as caretaker boss, with Ralf Rangnick set to take charge of Sunday’s game with Crystal Palace following the news that his work permit application was successful earlier today.
“It’s obviously a huge privilege and one I never imagined would actually happen at any stage,” Carrick told ManUtd.com about his temporary spell in charge. “So to be in that position is a huge sense of pride and responsibility, of course. You know, I’m a fan and my family are just supporters of Manchester United anyway, so to be in that seat will be a good feeling. I still keep going back to I can’t hide the fact I am here because of the situation with Ole so I’m not getting carried away with at all. I’ll try to make the most of it tomorrow night but actually it’s about the players, the team and getting the right result.”
Carrick believes tonight’s game could be an eventful one, and feels the players are coming into it with stronger confidence after two good results over the last week and half.
“There have been some classics over the years,” he said. “I’ve been involved in some and watched from afar before I even got here. So, yeah, there’s always been a special feeling around this game and an edge around the fixture. The boys are looking forward to it, we’re looking forward to it, these are the big games you want to be involved in, and obviously we’re trying to come out on top. Confidence is always important in any sporting arena, if you like, and, yeah, when you step onto that pitch at Old Trafford, you want to have belief and confidence that you can go and do what you’re good at. Certainly, the players will have that feeling. They were two very different games, the Villarreal and Chelsea games, and two decent results. Two wins would have been even better but maybe that’s a bit too greedy at this stage. The boys are looking forward to it.”
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