He walked away with his head held high, knowing that he had inscribed his name in the annals of history.
On Thursday night, Manchester United was defeated in the thirteenth minute of play. David de Gea had already collapsed to the ground following a collision with his own teammate, but the referee did not blow his whistle, and Smith Rowe's strike sailed through the defense and into the net unimpeded.
Manchester United, on the other hand, did not give up and equalized just before the halftime whistle through Bruno Fernandes.
The lead was short-lived, however, as Martin Odegaard equalized just two minutes after Ronaldo's strike put the Red Devils in front.
Manchester United applied more pressure, and Cristiano Ronaldo converted a penalty in the 70th minute to secure a 3-2 victory over Arsenal.
Here are two reasons why the board of directors at Manchester United should have given Carrick at least a one-year contract to serve as manager.
1. Michael Carrick has a strong record from the three matches in which he has coached Manchester United to victory.
Though the three bouts were high-stakes affairs, his coolness and lack of a defeat were unwavering throughout.
Carrick won 2-0 at Villarreal in his first game as interim manager following the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Carrick took over only two days after Solskjaer was fired.
Following that match, his next assignment was to face Chelsea, a match in which he was awarded a point following a 1-1 draw.
Carrick subsequently went on to win his next game, a 3-2 victory over Arsenal.
Three matches were played in which he won two and lost one, earning him three points. This is an excellent track record.
The second point to mention is discipline. Coach Michael Carrick has demonstrated that no player is more important than the club.
He rested Cristiano Ronaldo against Chelsea and only introduced him in the second part of the game.
Despite scoring two goals in the first half of Thursday's game against Arsenal, he substituted Ronaldo in the second half.
A coach with such discipline and a thorough understanding of his or her game strategy will go a long way in his or her profession.
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