Ralf Rangnick will be hit by the “privilege and responsibility” that comes with managing Manchester United as soon as he walks through the doors at Old Trafford for the first time.
Michael Carrick has only done the job for one game so far and his caretaker stint could end after today’s trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea, but it didn’t take him long to realise how prestigious the role was.
The 40-year-old took the reins after the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last weekend and steered United to a 2-0 win against Villarreal on Tuesday night.
But German coach Rangnick is set to come in as interim boss until the end of the season, before taking up a two-year consultancy role at Old Trafford.
He’s never managed outside of Germany but has a burgeoning reputation and Carrick has told him what to expect when he takes over at United.
“This club is one of the best clubs – if not the best club – in the world. The place is very special. I’ve been here 15 years and it means an awful lot to me,” he said.
“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.
“Yes, it’s a huge position – but it’s a great position to be in at the same time.”
United have put great faith in a cultural reboot under Solskjaer for the past three years, with Carrick remaining at the club as first-team coach, Mike Phelan coming in as assistant manager and Darren Fletcher as technical director.
The move to recruit 63-year-old Rangnick may signal a slight change in direction, but Carrick doesn’t think the fabric of the club will alter.
“The club doesn’t change. It is still Manchester United, it still has a certain DNA running right through it. Expectations and responsibilities are the same, playing exciting football, we are here obviously to win first and foremost but in a certain way,” he said.
“Listen, you look over history, there have been lots of different managers and lots of different players, played different systems and different ways but there has always been this backbone to it of successful teams. As a club we are fully aware of that and that’s where we obviously need to be and I’m sure we will be there soon.”Internet Explorer Channel Network