Michael Carrick has said the principles associated with Manchester United will continue regardless of who is the next manager.
Carrick, a player and coach at Old Trafford since 2006, is expected to be in charge of the team for the final time at Chelsea on Sunday before Ralf Rangnick takes over until the end of the season. It follows the sacking of club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last weekend.
The arrival of 63-year-old Rangnick, who has no previous Premier League experience and won his only major trophy in 2011 with Schalke, represents a big change for United who have spent the last three years promoting their former players Solskjaer, Carrick, Mike Phelan and Darren Fletcher to key positions.
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But Carrick doesn’t think the appointment of a German famed for starting the era of heavy pressing football means United have to lose their identity and become imitations of Liverpool and Chelsea.
‘The club doesn’t change. It is still Manchester United,’ said Carrick. ‘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.