Michael Carrick rates Mikel Arteta’s job as Arsenal manager so far


Michael Carrick Mikel Arteta

Michael Carrick and Mikel Arteta go head-to-head on Thursday night (Pictures: Getty)

Manchester United’s caretaker manager, Michael Carrick, reckons Mikel Arteta has done a ‘very good job’ as Arsenal boss, praising him for molding his team in his own image.

The two managers meet on Thursday night at Old Trafford as Carrick takes charge of United for the final game of his spell as caretaker before Ralf Rangnick takes over as interim boss.

The former England midfielder has impressed since taking the reins from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, picking up a good win at Villarreal and draw at Chelsea, so will be looking to remain undefeated when he locks horns with Arteta.

He knows it will be tricky, though, having been impressed by the job the Spaniard has done with Arsenal so far, with the Gunners sitting five places and five points ahead of the Red Devils.

‘He was a terrific player, very technical, and that’s the way his teams play,’ Carrick told the official Manchester United website. ‘And obviously the way he has coached them in that style shows what type of player he was.

‘I think he’s done a very good job at Arsenal and you can see they’re going in a certain direction and been pretty strong with that.

‘So credit to him for that and it’ll be interesting to see how they get on for the rest of the season.’


Arteta played in the Premier League from 2005-16 with Everton and Arsenal, with Carrick spending almost his entire career in the top flight from 1999-2018 with West Ham, Tottenham and Manchester United, so they were very well acquainted as adversaries in the middle of the park.

Everton's Spanish midfielder Mikel Artet

Arteta and Carrick battling it out back in 2010 (Picture: Getty Images)

Arteta has admitted that preparation for Thursday’s trip to Old Trafford has been more difficult than most to prepare for given the managerial situation at United.

Rangnick has been announced as the new boss and has arrived at the club, but will not be in charge, so Arteta was not too sure whether to expect much influence from the German or not.

‘We tried to gather information to understand more about what to expect and we don’t know,’ said the Arsenal boss. ‘We didn’t know if he would be sitting on the bench, taking training sessions so in terms of the preparation it was a little trickier than usual because you don’t really know the influence the new coach will have.

‘You do know what to expect when you play at that stadium, in front of the crowd and with a team and squad that is probably one of the most talented in the league, so you know the situations you are going to face.

‘It is very difficult tactically because you don’t know how they will prepare for the game, the options they can play and the formations they can vary. So, it is focused more on ourselves, what we have to do and to make sure the team is prepared to go there and beat them.’

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