Former Manchester United star talks up Michael Carrick’s skills as a manager


Manchester United interim manager Michael Carrick after the UEFA Champions League, Group F match at the Estadio de la Ceramica in Villarreal, Spain. Picture date: Tuesday November 23, 2021. PA Photo. See PA Story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only, no commercial use without prior consent from rights holder.

Michael Carrick has had his first taste of management (Picture: PA)

Louis Saha saw plenty of qualities in his former Manchester United teammate Michael Carrick that suggested he could go on to become a manager in the future.

Carrick is in caretaker charge of the Red Devils after the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday and before they appoint a new manager, either or an interim or permanent basis.

The former England international got his spell in charge off to the perfect start on Tuesday as United beat Villarreal 2-0 in the Champions League, and while he is unlikely to stay in control of the side for long, he will hope to impress for as long as he does.

Saha, who played with Carrick at Old Trafford from from 2006-08, says the former midfielder was always intelligent, analytical and diplomatic, so it is no surprise he is moved into coaching and is dipping his toe in management.

‘Yes, he was always a very smart lad. He was eager to learn and he’s very patient in the way he goes about things,’ Saha told

Alex Ferguson and Louis Saha

Louis Saha joined Manchester United in January 2004 and went on to score 42 goals for the club (Picture: Getty Images)

‘He doesn’t create any mayhem and he’s very diplomatic.

‘He’s perhaps not the most vocal but he’s very analytical and was always analysing everything – you can see he always wanted to learn and on he learned from the very best so he’s a great asset for the club.’


Carrick looks set to be in charge on Sunday when United travel to west London to take on Chelsea in the Premier League, with a new boss very unlikely to arrive before then.

The club want to appoint Maruicio Pochettino, but it may prove impossible, or at least extremely difficult, to get him until the end of the season so an interim may arrive.

The likes of Ralf Rangnick, Ernesto Valverde and Rudi Garcia are all in contention for the short-term role, which would run until the end of the campaign.

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