United legend Michael Carrick set to take over this STRUGGLING side
The former United caretaker will get his first full time gig as a manager
Manchester United legend Michael Carrick has been named the new manager of Middlesbrough. The 41 year old is set to take over his first club as manager, replacing Chris Wilder, who spent less than a full year in charge of the northeastern side.
Middlesbrough entered the season as one of the favourites to gain promotion to the Premier League, but after losing seven of their opening 14 league contests, they currently find themselves in the relegation zone. Now, the Teesside club are positioned 22nd in the Championship, which prompted Wilder's sacking.
His replacement will be Michael Carrick, who has little prior managerial experience. After retiring in 2018, he joined Jose Mourinho's backroom staff at Manchester United and then carried on under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when the Portuguese was sacked. When Solskjaer was fired, Carrick was named caretaker manager for the Red Devils, before stepping down when Ralf Ragnick arrived.
Carrick spoke about his time at the helm of the Red Devils shortly after leaving the club: "I'm realistic. The experience has definitely helped me from the lows and sadness, the first feelings of Ole leaving, having to adapt and get through the games".
"It has been a challenge but one I have enjoyed. You are never sure until you are put in a certain role what you might be good at or not good at. That's life experience", added the former United midfielder, "You've got to go through it to learn from it. I've certainly learned a lot this week". Michael Carrick isn't expected to be in charge of the team on Wednesday night when they travel to Wigan, with his first game set to be at the Riverside against Huddersfield.