Michael Carrick hits back at criticisms of Man Utd’s pressing

Manchester United caretaker manager Michael Carrick has responded angrily to criticisms of the Red Devils’ pressing, and insisted Ralf Rangnick had no say on the team selection for their 1-1 draw at Chelsea.

Rangnick is expected to take over at Old Trafford on an interim basis imminently, though Carrick has helped navigate United through a tough week following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking.

Carrick said that Rangnick did not influence proceedings at Stamford Bridge, and hit back at criticisms of Man Utd’s pressing.

“I think there’s a lot made of that, pressing, to be honest. I get there’s times where we haven’t been good this season, but I think over time we’ve pressed ever so well as a team, certainly in recent seasons and at times this season. But when something gets thrown out there, it’s easy for everyone to agree with it and repeat what’s been said,” he told Sky Sports.

“But that’s how it is. I expect criticism to grow when something is suggested. That’s the nature of the business. But we know that’s not true, but we’re also realistic and know it hasn’t been good enough at times, so I’m not defending that at all.

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