Dimitar Berbatov tips two former Manchester United teammates to be top managers

Manchester|December 03, 2021

Carrick signed off his caretaker stint at United with a 3-2 win over Arsenal to ensure he remained unbeaten in the three games after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 's sacking.

With Ralf Rangnick taking over until the end of the season, Carrick has opted to take time away from the game after 15 years at Old Trafford as both a player and coach.

Rooney, meanwhile, has endured a difficult time with Derby County due to financial constraints and subsequent points deduction, leaving them severely a risk of relegation from the Championship.

But the former striker continues to plough on at Pride Park with his team sitting 19 points from safety.

"Michael Carrick is leaving United and I'm surprised the club aren't keeping him on, in three games he won two and drew a tough match against league leaders Chelsea," Berbatov told Betfair.

"Maybe they should have given him more time to be interim manager to prove his vision and ideas. If we judge him from the three games, he's done a good job.

"I always support young managers and teams that give them a chance and it was a great opportunity for Carrick, if he wants to become a manager I'm sure he will easily find a job. I thought he may have chosen to stay and continue his development under Rangnick, but he clearly has different ideas.

"I think his departure gives us a big hint at what we can expect from Carrick in the near future. I was expecting him to stay and continue learning, but clearly he has other ideas.

"Maybe he has the chance to coach or manage at another club. It wouldn't surprise me because he has done well in that role, he has had the taste for it and he will probably want more."

He added: "Having spent 15 years at the club, being an excellent player and stepping up as interim manager during that time, he should be considered as a club legend.

"He brought a great style of play to United, and won pretty much everything at club level. He was an intelligent player an I always enjoyed playing with him because he knew where the ball should be passed, how to move efficiently and he was a joy to have in the changing room.

"For me, he was underrated by the national team, he could have been given more chances with England."

Rooney's former club Everton continued their torrid run with a 4-1 home humbling at the hands of fierce rivals Liverpool.

Pressure on Rafael Benitez just four months into the job continues to mount, and Berbatov has tipped Rooney as a future Toffees boss.

"With Rafa Benitez in trouble, I've read that Wayne Rooney has been linked with a move to Everton," Berbatov continued.

"There can be no doubt that one day, Rooney will be a manager in the Premier League. Every ex-player wants the chance to manage on this stage, like Carrick, John Terry and Steven Gerrard now at Villa. It's great to see players go into coaching and do well.

"And Rooney is doing very well at Derby despite all the issues off the field. He's had the taste of management, he knows what it involves and I'm sure he will be thinking about a future in the Premier League. He's building his way up and I'm certain he will be a Premier League manager soon and Everton could be the next step for him."

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