Carrick: Players will benefit from ‘freshness’ of interim manager


ichael Carrick believes the Man Utd players will respond well to having a fresh voice as the club closes in on appointing Ralf Rangnick as interim manager.

“From my point of view, there’s a lot of speculation and reports, but as I’m sitting here now I’m preparing the team for the game,” Carrick said.

“I think [the new manager] can get ideas across quickly, history shows that. Sometimes it’s not just about ideas, it’s just a different voice, a freshness.

“There’s a lot of different styles and there’s a good group of players here. Whoever comes in and whatever is implemented, I’m sure they can adapt.

“There’s some real good talent within the squad, I’m sure they’ll look forward to what’s ahead.”

Romelu Lukaku could face United this weekend, the club where he played for two seasons before moving to Italy and enjoying success at Inter Milan.

The Belgian has not played for the Blues in over a month, but could make his return this weekend. Carrick is aware of the challenges Lukaku, and the Chelsea team as a whole, will present on Sunday afternoon.

“It’ll be good to see Rom again. He’s a terrific footballer, scored goals wherever he has been. If Rom plays, we’re well aware of what he brings,” Carrick said.

“[Chelsea are] super intense, well organised, really good movement across our backline and their frontline.

“Very good at connecting with the midfield, with the back three building up, narrowing up and giving you problems with the wing-backs.”

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