Manchester United’s first game following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ended in a 2-0 win as Michael Carrick took charge for the first time against Villarreal
It was the beginning of a new era for Manchester United as they beat Villarreal 2-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was no longer in the dugout as former midfielder Michael Carrick took charge of first-team affairs for the first time.
As expected, the tactical set-up was a little different on the pitch as Carrick brought in a number of changes, including axing Bruno Fernandes from the starting XI, although club captain Harry Maguire retained his spot.
One player who also finally got their big chance was summer arrival Jadon Sancho, and after he scored club legend Paul Scholes sent a message to whoever takes charge at Old Trafford on a permanent basis.
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Scholes sends Jadon Sancho message
Jadon Sancho scored his first goal for United during the 2-0 Champions League win against Villarreal on Tuesday night.
And, following the goal, United legend Paul Scholes sent a strong message to whoever takes the helm at Old Trafford following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking.
His advice could even help the player regain the form which persuaded the Old Trafford outfit to spend £73m on the England winger following a difficult start to his United career after his summer switch from Borussia Dortmund.
Harry Maguire ‘passes test’
Bruno Fernandes was axed by United caretaker manager Michael Carrick as he named his first starting XI since taking charge.
But United captain Harry Maguire was ‘fortunate to keep his place’, according to the Mirror’s David McDonnell after a number of questionable performances in a United shirt in recent weeks.
And Carrick was rewarded for sticking by the United captain as the side looked much stronger at the back despite a tricky away tie in Spain.
Maguire also revealed the tactical changes Carrick himself asked for in the United dressing room at half time.
Carrick rings in changes
United were very impressive for large spells of their Champions League win against Villarreal.
The result puts them into the knockout stages and helps them avoid a potential banana skin of dropping down into the Europa League, as they did last season under Solskjaer’s watch.
Manchester United’s strong performance came after caretaker boss Michael Carrick brought in a number of changes during his first game in charge – including a new role for star man Cristiano Ronaldo.
He also tweaked the system and gave chances to a number of United players who had been frequently overlooked by ex-manager Solskjaer.