The Manchester United manager will oversee his first Premier League game on Sunday.
United travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on Tuesday after beating Villarreal 2-0.
The game plan will be the one that won that victory in Spain; Be compact, disciplined, and patient before attempting the counterattack.
That means there probably won’t be too many changes in the starting XI.
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Forced defensive change
Captain Harry Maguire is suspended for this game after his red card against Watford in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s last game.
With Raphael Varane injured, Eric Bailly is the obvious choice for Victor Lindelof.
He was good in the 2-2 draw with Atalanta, but in his final game, the 2-0 derby defeat in Manchester, he scored an own goal within minutes of kick-off.
Luke Shaw remains in doubt about his fitness but when he’s ready to play we expect he will fill in for Alex Telles as a left-back.
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Fred is another potential absentee but if he’s fit he’ll likely play here.
Carrick’s big riddle in midfield is: Bruno Fernandes or Donny van de Beek? He showed his confidence in the Dutchman on Tuesday and we believe he will keep him here with Scott McTominay anchoring the midfield.
Marcus Rashford was better as a substitute than Anthony Martial as a starter in Spain and we think the Englishman will join the team here.
Tuesday’s goal scorers, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo, should be guaranteed a start.
In: Shaw, Bailly, Rashford. The end: Telles, Maguire, Martial
Three changes are enough to keep the team fresh and leave Thomas Tuchel guessing while at the same time broadly sticking to Villarreal’s blueprint.
With Ralf Rangnick apparently slated to be appointed shortly before the Arsenal clash on Thursday, this looks like Carrick’s only league game as coach. A win at the home of the championship leaders would be a great farewell.
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