Carrick got tactics right against Villarreal but Tuchel will be tougher test

ROOKIE boss Michael Carrick has been working Knight and day to try to get the better of grand master Thomas Tuchel on Sunday.

The caretaker 曼联 manager took over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last weekend and immediately made a couple of smart first moves.

Rookie boss Michael Carrick takes on grand master Thomas Tuchel in his first ever Premier League game in charge - Illustration by Lovatto

Rookie boss Michael Carrick takes on grand master Thomas Tuchel in his first ever Premier League game in chargeIllustration by Lovatto
Michael Carrick has a tough task on his hands outsmarting Thomas Tuchel

Michael Carrick has a tough task on his hands outsmarting Thomas Tuchel信用: 盖蒂

At Villarreal on Tuesday, he put 克里斯蒂亚诺·罗纳尔多 out to the left of a three man attack – while dropping his Portuguese team-mate Bruno Fernandes to the bench.

Meanwhile striker Anthony Martial was brought in down the middle for only his fourth start of the season.

And the whole formation was much more compact in a bid to combat the defensive flaws which became a feature of Solskjaer’s last few games in charge.

It was check-mate as far as former 兵工厂 boss Unai Emery was concerned as United ran out 2-0 优胜者 to secure top spot in their group.

Maybe the Geordie, 40, enjoyed a bit of beginner’s luck against the Yellow Submarine.

But it will not be so black and white against Tuchel’s league leaders at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

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Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring for United in Villarreal

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring for United in Villarreal信用: 雷克斯
Jadon Sancho scored his first goal for United on Tuesday

Jadon Sancho scored his first goal for United on Tuesday信用: 盖蒂

The German is known for his tactical nous and will represent a much stiffer challenge.

He got the better of Pep Guardiola on three occasions at the end of last seasonand led them to the Champions League crown within five months of taking charge.

Maybe Carrick could call on United’s interim manager-in-waiting Ralf Rangnick for some advice.

After all Tuchel is one of the disciples of the ‘Godfather of German football’ who hopes to be in charge at Old Trafford by next week.

Carrick said: “To be involved in big games as a player and coach and now managing the team for the moment, it’s hugely challenging.

“It’s competition at the highest level. That’s what we are here for and that’s what we thrive on and this is definitely one of those occasions.”

切尔西 are currently riding high at the top of the Prem table.

Carrick will know that one wrong move and it could be curtains.

Illustration by Lovatto

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Ralf Rangnick has had a big influence on Tuchel

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