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Michael Carrick responds to Paul Scholes' sacking claims

Paul Scholes claimed Michael Carrick should have been sacked too
Paul Scholes claimed Michael Carrick should have been sacked too / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Michael Carrick responded to Paul Scholes' claims that he should have been sacked alongside Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last week.

Solskjaer was let go by Manchester United following the 4-1 defeat to Watford, and Carrick was appointed caretaker boss until the club finalise an interim manager. Carrick won his first game in charge of the Red Devils, leading them to a 2-0 win over Villarreal in the Champions League.

Before he took over, Scholes ruthlessly slammed Carrick, and said: "I feel with Ole he put a lot of trust into Michael, Kieran and Mike Phelan which is why they shouldn't be at the club now.

"They're all good friends and they're good people but if I was them, I'd feel guilty still working at the club after Ole put so much trust in them. I'd be embarrassed to be on the staff now after what happened to Ole.

"Being on the staff and preparing the team for tonight, they all should have gone. Ole trusted them each week to get the team prepared for games. They've let the club down, the players down, as much as Ole has."

But Carrick hit back at his former team-mate's comments, saying: "It's not an important result for me personally. It's an important one for the players and the club. It's an important result for the players, tonight is not about me by any stretch.

"It's obviously been an emotional few days. The first person I spoke to after Ed [Woodward] asked me to do this role was Ole, to almost see what he thought about it because I felt that was the right thing to do."

United are next up against Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday as Carrick looks to turn around their fortunes in the league.