According to the Manchester Evening News, Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is already settling into his new coaching role perfectly and has been working closely with manager Jose Mourinho’s staff. The 36-year-old is set to call time on his playing career this summer but will stay on to help train and develop the United squad.
“Yes. It’s kind of been sorted out. We’re still talking about it, to be honest, so there’s nothing totally confirmed as yet. But it’s looking likely, yes,” Carrick said, when asked if he was to be made a coach at United.
Carrick joined the Red Devils from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006 and has gone on to make 463 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating 59 goals. He’s won five Premier League titles, three League Cups, one FA Cup, one Europa League and one Champions League. Carrick also racked up 34 caps for England.
The veteran midfielder has a wealth of experience and a good relationship with the players that has made his transition into a coach a lot easier than he may have expected. While initially expected to replace Ricky Sbragia as the u23 manager, his expertise could be useful in the first-team.
Mourinho’s had the midfielder alongside him on the coaching bench and a number of players have lavished Carrick in praise for the impact he’s already made. Paul Pogba credited the 36-year-old for his help in training, saying to Sky Sports: “Every time after training or every time after a game, he talks to me he comes and he says do it this way.”
Chris Smalling also described how well easy it’s been adjusting to Carrick’s new role, as he’s always been considered a leader. He said to ESPN: “With Michael I think it doesn’t feel too weird that he’s going into the coaching because he is such our figurehead of the team. Our team is getting younger and younger, but Michael is the standout leader.”