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Villarreal 0-2 Manchester United: 2 things Carrick said after his first victory

Manchester United beat Villarreal 2-0 against all odds and have now qualified for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League.

Tuesday’s game was the first for Michael Carrick who took over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as interim manager of Manchester United.

Ole was sacked on Sunday and replaced with Carrick following Saturday’s 4-1 loss to Watford in the English Premier League.

Carrick’s first test was a big Champions League fixture away against the Spanish outfit, and the former player did not disappoint.

Two late goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho in the 78th and 90th minutes confirmed Manchester United’s place in the last 16.

Carrick was gutted when Solskjaer was sacked on Sunday and had good things to say about his former boss.

Here are two key things he said after the victory over Villarreal.

  1. Victory dedicated to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Carrick appears to have a strong tie with Ole as he dedicated the victory to the Norwegian.

“I’ve said to the guys, it’s not been an easy couple of days for everyone at the club,” said the United interim boss.

“I can enjoy it so much but still, that result feels like it’s for Ole, I can’t get away from that.

  1. Team spirit: Carrick recognised that team spirit and togetherness was what gave Manchester United the drive to win.

He also expressed his delight at the outcome of the game and appreciated the players.

“I’m delighted with the way it worked out and everyone played their part, from the players who started to the players that came on to everyone on the bench. There was a real drive and togetherness and support for everyone.”

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