Revealed: Jose Mourinho names new Manchester United assistant manager

Michael Carrick training

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick will become the club’s assistant manager as of next season, manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed. The 36-year-old is hanging up his boots this summer and will make the transition into coaching, replacing Mourinho’s long-time assistant Rui Faria who has been linked with a move to Arsenal.

Carrick joined United from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006 and has gone on to make more than 450 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils. The ex-England international has spent this season on the periphery, making only five appearances across the board, as a heart condition kept him off the pitch.

With his playing career coming to an end, Carrick was invited to work with Mourinho as a coach, but with Faria ending his 17-year partnership with the United boss to become a manager in his own right, the ex-midfielder will now be the next No.2.

Mourinho said: “I am going to have assistant coaches, fitness coaches and a structure where we have specialists in different areas connected to performance. The particular reason is I think it will be Michael Carrick in the future — when he has his badges.

“Then he can make the bridge between a player to an assistant. When Rui is leaving after 17 years, I have nobody in the world of football ready to be my assistant. So, I prefer to structure my staff in a way where there is education and improvement.”

Carrick was regarded as an intelligent midfielder with real tactical nous when he was still playing. He captained United on a number of occasions and has been rated highly by his peers and coaches. It’s a big call by Mourinho to have the Englishman as his No.2 but says a lot of how well he’s regarded.

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