MUN-VIL: 2 Key Statements From Carrick’s 1st Pre-Match Conference Since Taking Charge From Solskjaer
The UEFA Champions League is back and several teams will be engaged today in the quest to get vital points to ensure their qualifications to the knockout stages of the competition. Manchester United travelled to Spain to face Villarreal without Ole Solskjaer after his contract was terminated by the club a few days ago.
The team travelled with Michael Carrick in charge of their affairs pending the arrival of an interim coach. The game is a must-win for Manchester United if they aim to secure a spot in the knockout stages today; a draw or a loss would damage their chances of qualifying especially if Atalanta can pick up three points against Young Boys.
During the pre-match conference which is Carrick’s first since Solskjaer’s dismissal, he and Maguire faced a lot of questions with most about Solskjaer and the encounter against Villarreal which would be Carrick’s first game in charge.
The first key statement was when Maguire was asked about the players taking more responsibility on the field in relation to the Coach’s dismissal and he was honest with his words which could partly vindicate Solskjaer even though he’s already sacked.
Maguire admitted to the interviewers that the players haven’t been good enough both individually and collectively and they take huge responsibility for the recent disappointing results. This is quite true as the defender is one of those who have performed woefully these past few weeks alongside other players but sadly, it’s Solskjaer that had to pay the ultimate price.
The second statement was when Carrick m was asked about Solskjaer’s dismissal, his bond with him and what plans he had for the club in the coming weeks but the former player was able to avoid being drawn into the realm of uncertainty. He was smart enough to avoid cementing his status as a long term replacement for his former boss because the board itself haven’t made any official statement regarding an interim’s appointment.
Carrick kept on saying he was only focused on the game against Villarreal and nothing more, he didn’t speak about any other upcoming game and that was commendable as it shows he isn’t eager to prove to the club why he needs to be officially appointed as the Interim manager.
He said; “… all I’ve been thinking about is the game against Villarreal. I’m not looking past that. Of course, we’ve got another game coming up past that, a big game at the weekend but we’ll address that when we need to.”
At the moment he’s just been charged with managing the affairs of the team and he made sure his pre-match conference didn’t pass that boundary that was set by the board.
Both Carrick and Maguire didnt seem to be comfortable with the dismissal of the Coach but Carrick spoke more realistically as he said these things happen in football especially when the expected results aren’t coming.