JAMIE CARRAGHER brutally mocked Rio Ferdinand with a ‘Carrick’s at the wheel’ tweet after Manchester United beat Villarreal on Tuesday night.
The club will then make their move for Mauricio Pochettino – or even Zinedine Zidane – in the summer.
But for now, Carrick is taking charge of the first-team, with games against Chelsea and Arsenal on the horizon.
Carragher cheekily tweeted: “Man Utd might not thank me, but get the contract out put it on the table & let him sign it.
“Let him write whatever numbers he wants, let him sign the contract.
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“Carrick’s at the wheel, man!”
The tweet is almost word-for-word the excitable rant of Ferdinand after Man Utd sensationally beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 at the Parc des Princes to qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals.
United had lost 2-0 at home, with a youthful XI beating PSG 3-1 away to advance on away goals.
A giddy Ferdinand was virtually hopping around the BT Sport studio as he urged Old Trafford chiefs to hire Solskjaer permanently – which they did just days later.
At the time, Ferdinand had said: “Man Utd might not thank me, but get the contract out, put it on the table, let him sign it.
“Let him write whatever numbers he wants to put on there – given what he’s done since he’s come in – and let him sign the contract and go..
“Ole’s at the wheel, man – he’s doing his thing. Man Utd are back!”
On this occasion, Ferdinand was more restrained in his praise of Carrick after the win at Villarreal – but couldn’t resist having his say on Solskjaer.
After the game, he told BT Sport: “Managers that depart in the way Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did know there’s going to be a bounce in the squad and something might happen.
“This performance was more about soaking up the pressure and it reminded me of when Ole first took charge before he had actually signed a contract and they went on that incredible run.
“I’m sure that on Saturday against Chelsea the performance will be a replica of that second-half performance.”
Meanwhile, fellow pundit Paul Scholes added: “Michael Carrick will be really happy.
“I’m sure he’ll be thinking about Chelsea on Sunday now that is out the way.
“It was a disciplined performance and a great win. It is a big bonus to go through the group with a game in hand.”
Before kick-off, Scholes had slammed Carrick for not quitting out of respect to Solskjaer, suggesting he and the rest of the coaching staff should bear some of the blame for the Norwegian’s sacking.
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