Michael Carrick’s stance on Sir Alex Ferguson, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho

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Michael Carrick is set to take charge of his first Manchester United game on Tuesday evening when the Red Devils travel to Villarreal.

Carrick is currently in the United hot seat on an interim basis following the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

And the 40-year-old has been thrown in at the deep end with United facing a must-win clash, despite currently topping the table, against the Yellow Submarine.

But Carrick has an ace up his sleeve, and he has revealed what he has learned from previous managers.

Carrick has been at United since 2006, and in that time he has come in contact with some of the games best gaffers.

Writing for the Boot Room, Carrick penned a section titled 'Learn from others, but be yourself'.

"I think all the managers and coaches that I’ve worked with have had an impact and in different ways.

"Obviously, Sir Alex Ferguson, you don't need me to speak too much about him, he's the best around."

It was Sir Alex that originally brought Carrick to Old Trafford in 2006, and he remain an integral part of the Red Devils until the Scots departure in 2013.

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"Louis van Gaal was fantastic technically and tactically," Carrick continued.

"How he saw the game was very different to Sir Alex, so I learned an awful lot from him."

Van Gaal was considered a football revolutionist when he guided Ajax to the Champions League title with his own brand of 'Total Football'.

The Dutchman has also implanted his unique style of football – that is now being championed, with a twist, by Erik ten Hag – at Barcelona and the Dutch national side before he arrived at Old Trafford.

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However, it wasn't until Jose Mourinho arrived that Carrick was actually part of the United coaching setup.

"Being close to Jose Mourinho – that was my first experience of coaching and seeing how he works, how he sees the game.

"It makes you realise that's three of the top managers and coaches of all time and they had very different views on certain situations."

And it was all that experience under different managers that drew Carrick to the conclusion of learning from others while implementing his own style of play.

"It has definitely had an influence on me, but I think you are what you are.

"I'm not sure you choose.

"Your instincts tell you what you like and what you don't like, then you learn and try and figure it out from there and make the best of it."

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