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Michael Carrick’s message to Ralf Rangnick as he prepares for Man Utd hand over

Manchester United are set to appoint Ralf Rangnick as their interim manager and current caretaker boss Michael Carrick has some words of warning for the Red Devils’ new head honcho

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Press conference with Manchester United’s caretaker manager Michael Carrick ahead of his side’s Premier League match against Chelsea

Michael Carrick has told Ralf Rangnick that he’s walking into the biggest job in football.

Rangnick, 63, will take over from Carrick as Manchester United ’s interim manager after the daunting trip to Chelsea.

He will inherit a team that has qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League, but in disarray after losing five of their opening 12 Premier League games.

But Carrick said: “It is a massive job, for me it is the biggest job in football.

“It is just my opinion, but it is a huge job and this club is one of the best clubs – if not the best club – in the world.

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“The place is very special. I’ve been here 15 years and it means an awful lot to me. I think whoever comes in will appreciate that when they step through the door.

“The first thing that strikes you is the privilege and responsibility that comes with being in a position of working for this club in any role.”

Carrick, 40 plotted the 2-0 win at Villareal in midweek that keeps United’s Euro dream alive.

But the former England midfielder accepts that the Reds are now a long way behind Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea.

He said: “There’s no denying at the moment where we are in the league. I’ve got to be realistic.

“But it wasn’t that long ago that we finished second in the league and were on a really good curve of improvement.

“I don’t think that can be forgotten, in terms of the potential of the group.

“Yes, of course we’ve had a spell that’s not been good enough – results and performances at times.

“But that doesn’t mean it’s a poor team. It’s very different, having a poor run of results, to being a poor team.”

Carrick added: “There’s plenty left in the season, there’s no doubt about that.

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“The other night was massive to confirm we’ll be in the Champions League and finishing top of the group was huge, giving us something to look forward to.

“Over time, not just here but other clubs, you have bad spells, sometimes really bad spells, in a season and you can almost have another season within a season when things change.

“That’s form, that’s football and confidence. It’s how football goes at times.

“Striving for consistency is always the balance that you want to get. That’s the gold standard.”

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