Michael Carrick Reacts To Paul Scholes Criticism and Uncovers Solskjaer Phone Call © AccurateGist

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Michael Carrick responds to Paul Scholes criticism and reveals Solskjaer call

Michael Carrick says he sought the opinion and advice of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer about becoming Manchester Uniteds interim manager

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

Carrick got his rule off to the ideal beginning on Tuesday evening as United arrived at the Champions League knockout stage with a 2-0 triumph over Villarreal.

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

Before the match, Scholes hammered Carrick, Kieran McKenna and Mike Phelan for consenting to remain on at United after Solskjaer’s takeoff on Sunday.

Yet, Carrick uncovers he sought the counsel of Solskjaer about taking on the job on a brief 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.

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‘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.’