Carrick is expected to take over Chelsea on Sunday, with Rangnick still awaiting approval of his work permit.

The former Manchester United midfielder is set for a very short stint at the helm of United’s first team, telling Sky Sports: “My future is in the next two or three days. It’s as far as I’m ready to look.

“This is the right way to go. Football is that kind of business where you never know what happens at the best of times.

“All of my energy and my mind right now is Sunday. I control what I can control. I don’t have to worry about everything else and get involved because I need to win a football game and that’s what I can’t wait to do. “

When asked if he had received any advice on the length of his role from the club, Carrick added: “I didn’t have to ask too many questions, it happened very quickly and it was is my role for now and as long as it may be, I’m focused on the next few days and whatever happens after that will continue after that.

“We have to be stable and together, which we have shown (against Villarreal). We have a game behind us now, so it’s a lot different talking now than it was on Sunday afternoon when everything was quite chilly.

“I hope I have already given them (the players) to some extent what we need and let them know what we expect. I expect players to give the best of them- same and do their best I tell my children the same.

“It’s not about how much I want to do this or how long, that’s what I’m really being asked. Right now, I appreciate it for what it is and I understand what it is. ‘is.

“I’m literally watching this next game. It’s such a big challenge and such a big game to participate in. Whatever happens after that, we’ll have to wait and see.