Michael Carrick speaks out on the possibility of landing Man Utd job permanently

Michael Carrick has dismissed talk about him landing the Manchester United job on a permanent basis after being placed in temporary charge of the Red Devils.

Carrick is set to take charge of the side for Tuesday’s Champions League group stage clash against Villarreal following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dismissal.

The former United midfielder was made a first-team coach during Jose Mourinho’s final season at the club but he took on a more significant role after Solskjaer’s appointment.

United need a positive result in Spain to keep qualification for the last-16 in their own hands but Carrick says he’s only focused on that game and is not thinking about succeeding Solskjaer in the long-term.

‘Well I think first and foremost it’s been literally a day, just over 24 hours, since everything unfolded and the game is not much further away in terms of time,’ said Carrick.

‘So that is all I’ve been thinking about, the game tomorrow night – throughout yesterday, throughout today and certainly throughout tomorrow. I’ve not looked past that, but of course we’ve got a game coming up after, big game on the weekend, but we’ll address that when we need to. And however long the club want me to be here, I’ll give it my best.

‘Whatever results we get, hopefully we get good ones, we’ll be trying our utmost to get good ones, we should get good ones, we believe that we should get good results, and we’ll wait and see what happens after.’

Mauricio Pochettino is the leading candidate to succeed Solskjaer and reports claim the Argentine would be willing to leave Paris Saint-Germain in mid-season to take charge at Old Trafford.

United have twice botched attempts to sign Pochettino, first in 2016 and then again in 2018.

Sir Alex Ferguson is a well known admirer of Pochettino and has privately lobbied for his appointment since his retirement in 2013.

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