Manchester United caretaker manager Michael Carrick says he has not yet spoken to incoming interim boss Ralf Rangnick.

United confirmed the appointment of Rangnick earlier this week but the German is still to receive a work permit.

That means Carrick remains in charge for Thursday's Premier League clash with Arsenal at Old Trafford and Rangnick is unable to offer any input.

"I haven’t got anything to update on," said Carrick, who has overseen the two games since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked.

"The process of the work permit and visa is ongoing as we speak.

"I am in this position, as I was for Villarreal and Chelsea. I’m getting the boys ready for game tomorrow night.

"It is pretty much as it was for both games. Because of the process we haven’t been able to (speak).

"We have carried on as we have done. It has worked well for the last two games and hopefully it will tomorrow."

Rangnick is expected to be in the stands on Thursday with the club hoping he can formally take charge ahead of Sunday’s visit of Crystal Palace.

Carrick, who served as assistant coach to Solskjaer and his predecessor Jose Mourinho, would then revert to a backroom role but the former United midfielder admits he has enjoyed his spell in the hot seat.

The 40-year-old said: "A lot has happened in the last week to 10 days. I have certainly had to adapt and take on a new challenge and different skills sets.

"I’ve enjoyed seeing how I’ve coped with that at times. You don’t know until you are in this situation.

"Sometimes you have to learn on the job and that has been the case but, I have to say, for the most part of it I have enjoyed it."

Carrick left Ronaldo out against Chelsea

One big decision Carrick took was to name five-times world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench for last weekend’s trip to Chelsea.

It was a bold move and it paid off, to a degree, as United claimed a point against the Premier League leaders but Carrick has played down its significance.

"These type of decisions get blown up a lot bigger than they probably are," he said at a press conference. "Decisions are made for a lot of different reasons and certain ones get bigger news than others, but that is how it was.

"I didn’t see it as being a major decision. It certainly wasn’t within the camp. We all got on really well with it. The game went well, to a certain extent, and it wasn’t a drama at all."

Mikel Arteta has admitted Arsenal's preparation for the trip has been trickier than usual but he is determined to make sure last season's victory at Old Trafford was not a one-off.

Arteta said of incoming Red Devils boss Rangnick: "He has been one of top coaches and, in every involvement he has had in game, not just coaching, he has made some radical changes in areas so he is a really interesting person in the football world and a really interesting appointment.

"We tried to gather information to understand more about what to expect and we don’t know.

"We didn’t know if he would be sitting on the bench, taking training sessions so in terms of the preparation it was a little trickier than usual because you don’t really know the influence the new coach will have.

"You do know what to expect when you play at that stadium, in front of the crowd and with a team and squad that is probably one of the most talented in the league, so you know the situations you are going to face.

"It is very difficult tactically because you don’t know how they will prepare for the game, the options they can play and the formations they can vary. So, it is focused more on ourselves, what we have to do and to make sure the team is prepared to go there and beat them."

Arsenal won at Old Trafford last season for the first time in 14 years

After a poor start to the season, including a 5-0 thrashing at Manchester City in late August, Arsenal have turned around their form and lost only one of their last 10 Premier League games – a painful 4-0 defeat at Liverpool last month.

Arteta, who led Arsenal to a first league win at Old Trafford since 2006 last term, said of the importance of beating the top clubs on the road: "It is (missing) because we lost against City and Liverpool.

"It is true we beat Leicester, who has been one of the teams that have been in that range in recent years, but that’s what we want, to have the confidence to go to any ground against the top teams and beat them.

"It is not about doing it once. When we won last year (at Old Trafford), Arsenal didn’t win there for 14 years so obviously that (sort of winless run) cannot happen if we want to be at the top level."

Arsenal will check on Bukayo Saka’s fitness before facing United after he was forced off with a muscle injury during the weekend win over Newcastle.

Meanwhile, Young Boys have been given special dispensation by Swiss authorities to travel to Manchester United for next week's Champions League game.

The Old Trafford date had been placed in jeopardy by Switzerland imposing new restrictions on UK arrivals in response to the emergence of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

The restrictions mean anyone coming from the UK needs to provide a negative Covid test and quarantine for 10 days, regardless of vaccination status.

The idea of the December 8 game being played at a neutral venue was raised, but the Swiss club have now confirmed there is no need for that.