Carrick slammed by ex teammate for taking Solskjaer’s job

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has hit out at Michael Carrick, Mike Phelan and Kieran McKenna for choosing to remain at the club, after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sack.

Solskjaer was dismissed from his role as Manchester United boss after a poor run of results, which culminated in a 4-1 defeat to Watford.

Carrick was immediately appointed caretaker manager, while United look for an interim coach, but Scholes believes he shouldn’t even be here anymore, seeing as he was a part of Solskjaer’s coaching staff.

He said on BT Sport before the 2-0 victory over Villarreal, “I think the feeling in the club is a lot better from when he [Solskjaer] first came.

“We know now, and we thought a lot time ago he probably couldn’t take us to the next level that’s required.

“He’d got us to second in the Premier League, which isn’t bad, numerous semi-finals, a final as well last year, we couldn’t make that final step.

“You asked the question, ‘will they be any better tonight?’. It’s the same people running the team, it’s the same people who had been given massive responsibility every single week to put that team on the pitch. Arguably, it’s more Kieran McKenna and Michael Carrick who have been preparing the team, Ole gives them the responsibility to do that. How that changes now I don’t know.

“In preparation, we talking about people above the manager, four weeks ago that Liverpool game, that was the time we knew Ole was going to go, it was plainly obvious. So then people above have to prepare the next batch of staff.

“I’d be almost embarrassed being on the staff now, after what happened to Ole. Being on the staff, preparing this team for tonight… I think they all should’ve gone, whether they were sacked or they go off their own back.

“They were part of Ole’s team, Ole trusted them each week to prepare a team for games, they’ve let the club down, they’ve let the players down just as much as Ole has.

“I get the impression with Ole he put a lot of trust into Michael, a lot of trust into Kieran, a lot of trust into Mike Phelan, which is why they shouldn’t be at the club now, I don’t think.

“I’ve got good friends there, Michael’s a good friend, Darren Fletcher, Mike Phelan, I’ve worked with these people, I just think if I was in their position now I’d be feeling guilty working at this football club still while Ole put so much trust in me.”

When asked if Carrick should have turned down the job when he was appointed, Scholes said, “I think you do. When you’ve been employed by a manager, when you’ve give so much responsibility by the manager.

“I think Ole is more of a manager than an actual coach. I can understand if you’re working for a coach who controls everything, like a [Antonio] Conte. He does everything on the training pitch, he picks the team, he organises everything, Pep Guardiola is the same.

“Ole is more of a man-manager than a coach, he’s trusting Michael to prepare his team, I think Kieran is one who does most of it, he’s given them big responsility, so they also need to take responsibility for what we’ve seen. That’s why I think… what’s going to change tonight?

“It comes down to preparation for Ole losing his job, the preparation behind the scenes has not happened, it should’ve been lined up now.”

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