Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed his regret at having never coached Michael Carrick ahead of his spell in charge at Manchester United.
The ex-England midfielder has been handed responsibility at Old Trafford following the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Carrick is set to be in charge for the Red Devils’ upcoming game against Villarreal in the Champions League and will also be the decision-maker for Premier League matches against Chelsea and Arsenal in the Premier League whilst the club attempt to appoint a more permanent candidate.
Whilst he is yet to get his managerial career up and running, a man who is hugely experienced in that particular vein, former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, has previously sung the praises of Carrick.
Talking in 2017 following the Manchester United man’s testimonial, Wenger said: “I give Michael my deepest congratulations for his testimonial. I think he deserves it hugely.
“I would say personally I’m an admirer of his career, of his quality.
“One of my regrets is never having had him as a player because I think he was one of the greatest players in English football.
“I believe as well that he did not always get the reward and the tribute, the recognition he deserved.
“But I’m an admirer of Michael and I wish him all the best for the future.”
Whilst Wenger has expressed his regret at not having had the opportunity to work with Carrick throughout his career, the 40-year-old has also spoken of his disappointment at having seen a switch to north London fall through back in 2004.
Writing in his autobiography, Carrick said: “I was totally devastated as I had my heart set on Arsenal and playing with all that talent. My head was gone. Arsenal had swayed me and I didn’t have a clue what I’d do now.”