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Michael Carrick has backed his retention as Manchester United manager until 2022, with the club taking a heavy blow in pursuit of Mauricio Pochettino

Michael Carrick could be the perfect Manchester United manager for the remainder of the season after giving the ideal audition in his first game in charge, talkSPORT has been told.

The former midfielder oversaw a 2-0 win over Villarreal on Tuesday night, which saw United advance to the last 16 in the Champions League.

Carrick started his tenure at Man United in a perfect way

There hasn’t been much to be happy about at Old Trafford for a few weeks now, but yesterday’s win would have brought a well-deserved smile to Man United fans.

As the club seek a permanent man to take charge of the club, Carrick hasn’t hurt his chances of being given the interim job.

Especially with reports claiming that the club’s pursuit of Mauricio Pochettino has been blocked.

talkSPORT had revealed that the former Tottenham boss was “desperate” to join the club now, but may have to wait until the summer after his club have been “furious” over the rumors.

Now it seems almost certain that the Red Devils will appoint someone until the end of the 2021/22 season until they can land the PSG boss.

And, according to Trevor Sinclair, Carrick might just be the perfect man to stabilize the ship after making bold calls against Villarreal, including ditching Bruno Fernandes and throwing both Donny van de Beek and Jadon Sancho.

“Well I think he gave them food for thought, Michael Carrick,” Sinclair said of White & Jordan when asked who should be placed in acting charge.

“I thought the way he changed the squad, I thought it was pretty tough, some players, what at times as a manager you have to be, he let down Fernandes and Rashford.

“So right now it’s not like he’s looking for attention, he’s looking at the team and he thinks ‘this team is not working’.

“He brought in Donny Van de Beek, he brought in a player who has really struggled under Ole since his arrival, [Jadon] Sancho and both played really well in my opinion.

Michael Carrick has backed his retention as Manchester United manager until 2022, with the club taking a heavy blow in pursuit of Mauricio Pochettino
Van de Beek and Sancho finally got the chance to show off their talents and they didn’t disappoint

“Especially Sancho and I watched Sancho’s performance as a winger last night and thought he was playing differently than he had played under Ole.

“I had never seen Manchester United wingers go this far and work so hard for the team before.

“Michael changed things in the form of the team, I think mentally with a few players he obviously brought them into the team.

“He won everything. Five Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League trophies.

“He won the player of the year award in 2012/13, now that’s the biggest accolade you can get from your teammates.”

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