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Man Utd’s next 10 fixtures as new caretaker boss has chance to shine


Manchester United continue their search for a temporary manager until the end of the season but Michael Carrick has taken over the reigns until then and could well make the job his own

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Michael Carrick has been put in temporary charge as caretaker boss at Manchester United while the board go in search of someone to fill in for the rest of the season, following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ’s sacking on Sunday.

The Norwegian’s three-year reign as United boss came to an end within 24 hours of that 4-1 defeat to Watford, as the Red Devils slumped to 8th in the Premier League after a fourth defeat in five games.

The club have outlined that they wish to appoint someone until the end of the season, before signing someone to permanently take charge ahead of next season.

Carrick has stepped up for now and began his tenure with a much needed, morale boosting 2-0 victory away to Villarreal in the Champions League on Tuesday as United sealed their place in the knockout stages with a game to spare.

And while United’s hierarchy search for a new manager, Carrick can equally use this time to impress by turning things around and potentially making the job his own over the next 10 games.

Can Michael Carrick turn things around at Man United and make the manager’s job his own? Have your say in the comments section.







Michael Carrick has the chance to impress over the next 10 games.
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First five fixtures

A 2-0 victory away to Villarreal in the Champions League was a good start for Carrick in the dugout but he must now keep up the consistency and produce the same results in the league.

Chelsea (A), Arsenal (H), Crystal Palace (H), Young Boys (H) and Norwich City (A) represent the next five fixtures for Carrick, with four coming in the Premier League and one in the Champions League.

The next two against Chelsea and Arsenal will give a clear indication of where United stand in contrast with two of their ‘top six’ rivals and a defeat to both would give Carrick a huge uphill battle straightaway.







A 2-0 victory over Villarreal on Tuesday was a good start.
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Crystal Palace and Young Boys at home, followed by Norwich away, should wield a maximum of nine points and nothing else will be acceptable given the quality in United’s squad.

Given Chelsea’s dominance this season and United’s recent form, a loss on Sunday wouldn’t come as a surprise but the Red Devils have no reason not to get three points in the following four fixtures. Carrick warrants a bit of time to sort things out but even he’ll know they should be picking up a maximum points haul here.

Entering the New Year on a high

The next five fixtures could not look more appealing for Carrick should he want to really make an impression and there is no reason as to why United can’t win every one.

From December 14 up until January 3, United play Brentford (A), Brighton & Hove Albion (H), Newcastle United (A), Burnley (H) and Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) in a run where only two of those sides are currently in the top half.






Man United need to make Old Trafford a fortress again.

United wouldn’t expect anything less than a win in each of these games and that is a fair judgement considering the quality in their squad compared to the rest of those teams.

If United could pick up five victories from five here, then they will be back in the top four in no time and therefore putting themselves in a really strong position heading into the new year.

For both Carrick and United, this would be the perfect time to pick up some form and climb the league table to get the season back on track.






Cristiano Ronaldo is United’s biggest threat.

Verdict

Out of United’s next 10 fixtures, the first two (Chelsea and Arsenal) look to be the hardest but, after that, United could well go on and win every single one.

Summer signings of Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho heavily bolstered this squad, which already had the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba and Mason Greenwood, so this team has more than what it takes to get the job done.

Carrick needs to boost team morale and find a winning formula but you feel, as history suggests, that a quick turnaround may not be far away.

Should Carrick get at least seven wins from these next 10 games, then the former United midfielder could very well stake his own claim for that manager role until the end of the season – but it needs to happen quick.





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