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Michael Carrick sends stern warning to Man United players ahead of Chelsea and Arsenal tests

New Manchester United interim boss Michael Carrick wants his players to ‘look at themselves’ and take some responsibility ahead of big Premier League clashes against Chelsea and Arsenal.

The former Spurs midfielder has taken over in the short-term after club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked on the back of United’s 4-1 humiliation at the hands of Watford over the weekend.

A club statement released by Man Utd on Sunday morning read: ‘Manchester United announces that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has left his role as manager.

‘Ole will always be a legend at Manchester United and it is with regret that we have reached this difficult decision. While the past few weeks have been disappointing, they should not obscure all the work he has done over the past three years to rebuild the foundations for long-term success.

‘Ole leaves with our sincerest thanks for his tireless efforts as Manager and our very best wishes for the future. His place in the club’s history will always be secure, not just for his story as a player, but as a great man and a Manager who gave us many great moments. He will forever be welcome back at Old Trafford as part of the Manchester United family.

‘Michael Carrick will now take charge of the team for forthcoming games, while the club looks to appoint an interim manager to the end of the season.’

Amid the strong Mauricio Pochettino rumours that are currently circulating, with the Argentine apparently keen to take over at Old Trafford right now as per the the Manchester Evening News, the short-term focus is on what happens on the pitch with Villarreal, Chelsea and Arsenal on the immediate agenda

Four points from the last 21 available in the Premier League, coupled with sitting in a precarious position in Group F of this season’s Champions League group stages, means that it is crunch time for Carrick and the players as they prepare for a big few weeks ahead of them.

Ahead of the trip to Spain in the Champions League, the new interim boss wants to see the players take responsibility after what has unfolded over the last few months.

Carrick said in his pre-Villarreal press conference: “All players will go through tough times and the recent results have not been good enough. Collectively we haven’t been good and results have shown. We’ve paid the price. We need to find the right mentality and produce the right performance tomorrow.”

He then went on to add: “It’s not to be looking back now. ‘I could have done better’. Everyone should look at themselves as it’s easy to look elsewhere. I was the same as a player. Look at yourself and what you can improve. Now we have to catch a flight to Spain and prepare for the game tomorrow.”

Once the game against Unai Emery’s side is out of the way, one thing for certain is that the Englishmen would want the players to step up and be counted for the crunch games against Chelsea on Sunday, November 28 and Arsenal on the following Thursday, December 2.