Michael Carrick responds to Paul Scholes criticism and reveals Solskjaer call

Michael Carrick has dismissed Paul Scholes’ criticism and reveals that he spoke with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer about taking the interim job at Manchester United.

Carrick got his reign off to the perfect start on Tuesday evening as United reached the Champions League knockout phase with a 2-0 victory over Villarreal.

Cristiano Ronaldo put United in front with a brilliant lob with 12 minutes remaining before Jadon Sancho scored his first goal for the club to wrap up the win.

Before the match, Scholes slammed Carrick, Kieran McKenna and Mike Phelan for agreeing to stay on at United after Solskjaer’s departure on Sunday.

But Carrick reveals he consulted Solskjaer about taking on the role on a temporary basis.

‘It’s not an important result for me personally. It’s an important one for the players and the club,’ Carrick said when asked about Scholes’ criticism.

‘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.

‘I have a responsibility to be here managing the team and I take great pride in that.

‘It wasn’t about me tonight though. It was about getting through [the group]. It was a massive game, when you get to this stage in the Champions League it can swing so easily both ways, so it was vital we came here and got the right result and we managed to do that so I’m delighted.’

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