Man United Confirms Michael Carrick Has Left The Club Immediately After Guiding The Team To Victory Against Arsenal.

Manchester United announced that legend Michael Carrick has decided to step down as First Team Coach and leave the club shortly after guiding the team to a 3-2 win over Arsenal on Thursday night. 

Carrick was placed in charge of the United team as caretaker boss following the sack of former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last month.

He oversaw three games, presiding over a 2-0 win against away to Villarreal last Tuesday, Sunday's 1-1 away at Chelsea, and the comeback win at home against Arsenal.

Minutes after the conclusion of his spell as caretaker Manager United issued a club  statement confirming Carrick's departure, as Ralf Rangnick assumes the official role  maas interim manager.

Ralf Rangnick was appointed as interim manager earlier this week, but the German encountered work permit issues, which meant he watched from the stands against Arsenal on Thursday as Carrick took charge for one final game on the touchline.

Carrick confirmed that it was '100%' his decision to leave Manchester United as he said;"It’s not been an easy one to make, to be honest, but I feel it’s the right one. I’m content with my decision," 

"My time at this great club will always rank as the best years of my career. When I first signed over 15 years ago, I never in my wildest dreams could have imagined winning so many trophies and I will certainly never forget the fantastic memories both as a player and as a member of the coaching team... He told the club's website.

"However, after a lot of thought and deliberation, I have decided that now is the right time for me to leave the club. 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.”

The 44-year-old finally departs after 15 years spent at United.  He joined the Red Devils from Tottenham for £18.6million in 2006 and played 464 games for between 2006 and 2018, winning five Premier League titles, the FA Cup, two League Cups, the Champions League, the Europa League, and the Club World Cup.

He joined the First Team coaching staff when he retired in 2018 and served under Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The United football director John Murtough added: “Michael leaves with the sincerest thanks and best wishes of everyone at Manchester United after 15 years of exceptional service to the club as a player and as a coach. While we are sad to see him go, we respect and understand Michael’s decision.

“He will always be known as one of the finest midfielders in the history of Manchester United, and, more recently, as an excellent coach who has worked tirelessly under two managers to help develop the strong squad which Ralf will now take charge of.

“We are grateful for the steady leadership Michael has shown through this period of managerial transition, and, while he is now stepping away from day-to-day involvement, he will always be welcome back as a legend of the club.”

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