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Michael Carrick dismisses claim that Ralf Rangnick picked Manchester United squad for Chelsea draw

Rangnick is expected to be named interim head coach until the end of the season in the coming days, following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

There seemed to be nuances of the German’s philosophy in United’s approach to Stamford Bridge, with Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes employed as an energetic, squeezing the top three and Cristiano Ronaldo left on the bench.

This prompted former United defender Gary Neville to suggest Rangnick already had an influence on team selection, tweeting: “I have a feeling the new manager picked this team because it’s a huge departure from the middle of the week and what they’ve been up to. “

However, Carrick denied the suggestion during his post-game press conference, saying: “It doesn’t, no.”

The 40-year-old also said he was not yet sure Rangnick would be appointed in time to take charge of Thursday’s clash with improving Arsenal.

“Right now, I haven’t heard from you any more, really,” Carrick added. “I was purely focused on the game, there was enough in my head to prepare for it. I’m sure I’ll be updated and up to date in the next few days, but at the moment I don’t have any more. nothing to give you.


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