Michael Carrick identifies his potential successor at Man United

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has tipped Scott McTominay to fill in his shoes once he retires from his playing career at the end of the season.

McTominay, 20, made his first-team debut versus Arsenal back in May, and following an impressive pre-season, and he has integrated into the first-team squad, where he has managed 11 appearances to date.

While Jose Mourinho is expected to recruit a world-class midfielder during the summer transfer window, Carrick believes McTominay could have a bigger role to play from next season and beyond.

“He is willing to learn and listen. That is one of the biggest things for a young lad, to have that attitude. Of course I am here to help him and I try to do it as much as I can,” he told the club’s official website.

“I know he will take my place some day and that is not something I would be afraid of, or try to put him off, because it is important to help the future and Scott is definitely that.”

Carrick has probably decided the right period to call time on his career, and his involvement in a coaching capacity from next season would undoubtedly help McTominay progress into a better player.

The young midfielder has already exhibited his qualities with his impressive positioning and ball distribution skills, and he will no doubt have an excellent future under Jose Mourinho, provided he keeps his head down on his duties.

McTominay is a likely candidate to make the starting lineup when Manchester United visit Huddersfield Town for the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday evening.

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