Michael Carrick: Man Utd coach on 'overnight' switch from player

Michael Carrick: Man Utd coach on 'overnight' switch from player

Manchester United captain Michael Carrick thanks his teammates, manager and family following his final game at Old Trafford.

The midfielder hung up his boots on Sunday after a 19-year career in England, 12 of which were spent at Old Trafford.

The 36-year-old did have other options as he approached the end of his playing career but the chance to work under Mourinho was too good to refuse. "He'll teach me some things and we're going to have some success in the near future, I'm certain of that".

Mourinho is losing his assistant manager Rui Faria at the end of the season, bringing to an end their 17-year working relationship, prompting speculation that Carrick would step into the role.

Becoming a manager himself is something Carrick might want to pursue one day but that is not something he intends to push for yet.

Phelan explained that Mourinho is taking a gamble by opting not to have a number two man at the club as it's important to have essential knowledge of the game, "It's a gamble for him - he's saying he hasn't got anybody in that group already to replace Faria, whether he goes looking outside who knows?"

Jose Mourinho
GETTY Jose Mourinho's Manchester United finished 11 points ahead of Chelsea

"I have to thank the manager an terrible lot". It just fits. Hopefully it still fits in a couple of years' time. "I'm well aware of that", he said. Brought in for a hefty £30-million from Southampton by Louis van Gaal, the future of Luke Shaw at Manchester United looked rosy - with him destined to be the club's first choice left back for the foreseeable future.

Faria has helped Mourinho's sides to eight domestic titles during their 17-year association, including two famous trebles at Porto and Inter Milan.

Still, he remains a world-class talent and displayed just what supreme abilities he has by scoring a brilliant brace in Real's 6-0 thrashing of Celta Vigo.

Real Madrid are reportedly confident of landing him this summer but The Mirror now claim that Manchester United have joined the race for his signature.

Carrick - signed for £18m from Tottenham - joined the Red Devils seven months after Keane's departure. "I'm sure that will be the case again", Carrick added.


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