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Carrick refutes talk Ragnick picked team


Michael Carrick has insisted Ralf Rangnick had no influence on Manchester United’s line-up in their 1-1 Premier League draw at Chelsea.

Former United fullback Gary Neville tweeted before kick-off at Stamford Bridge on Sunday that “incoming manager” Rangnick must have had a hand in the starting XI in west London.

But after Jadon Sancho’s second goal in the week earned United a point against the Premier League leaders, caretaker coach Carrick rejected out of hand any influence from the man expected to be hired as interim manager at Old Trafford.

Asked if the German had played a part in Cristiano Ronaldo taking a seat on the bench, caretaker boss Carrick replied: “No, that’s not the case.”

United’s 4-3-3 formation certainly harboured many of the classic Rangnick traits, but Carrick insisted the set-up was mainly aimed at cutting off the supply lines to Chelsea’s deep midfielders.

Neville had earlier tweeted, “I’ve a feeling the incoming manager has picked that team as it’s a huge departure from midweek”, but Carrick was quick to give that assertion short shrift.

Rangnick is expected to take up a short-term role as United boss to succeed the sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with a two-year consultancy role from next summer then on the cards.

Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino remains the front-runner as Solskjaer’s long-term successor.

On the chances of Rangnick taking the United helm in the coming days, Carrick replied: “As of now I haven’t got any more news for you really.

“I was purely focused on the game, so there was enough in my head to prepare the boys for this.

“So after the game now I’m sure I’ll be updated and aware and see what happens in the next few days.”

Jorginho’s mistake gifted United their goal, with the Italy midfielder failing to control Bruno Fernandes’ up-and-under clearance.

That handed Sancho a canter in on goal, and he swept past Edouard Mendy without issue.

Jorginho quickly atoned for that error by burying his 13th Premier League penalty to drag the Blues back on to level terms.

And Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel hailed the 29-year-old’s resilience to secure a hard-fought point.

“It’s very unusual for Jorgi (to make) a mistake like this, and to concede a goal like this in general for us…,” said Tuchel.

“It happened, but then it took a lot of courage and personality to not be affected during the match and to have the courage to take the penalty for the equaliser in a crucial moment.

“And I’m very happy that he did.”



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