wwwpic5678 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho's transfer priority this summer is to replace Michael Carrick in midfield. Michael Carrick is ready to aid Jose Mourinho's search for a world class midfielder this summer. The 36-year-old has played his final game for Manchester United ahead of his new role as part of Mourinho’s coaching staff.
And one of his first tasks could be to run the rule over the candidates in line to replace him. Mourinho has tasked his scouts with the job of scouring the globe to find the ideal man to fill Carrick’s boots. It has seen United monitor a host of the world’s top midfielders including Fred, Arturo Vidal, Jorginho, Jean-Michael Seri, Marco Verratti and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
Mourinho has already confirmed he will canvas Carrick’s opinion - and the retiring midfielder says he is ready to help. “That’s part of being on the staff to work with the manager to try to get what’s best for the club,” he said. “I will support as best I can. wwwpic5678
“That will evolve and when he wants my opinion I’m there to give it.” Carrick’s final appearance for United, which included a defence-splitting pass to set up Marcus Rashford’s winner against Watford, was a reminder of the hole his departure will leave in Mourinho’s squad. But he is adamant the club will go on without him.
“I don’t like the word ‘replacement’ because you’ve got to evolve as a team,” he said. “We’ve lost big players in the past. "Huge players - bigger than me and the club has moved on and still been successful. I’m sure that will be the case again. “I had the issue when I signed and it was all about Roy Keane. But I was never going to replace Roy Keane because it’s not how I am.
“You’ve just got to evolve and find a way. “There will be other players. There will be players here who will improve and progress and if anyone gets brought in, whoever gets brought in, the club will move on.” Carrick considered taking a break from football or moving into broadcasting after deciding the time was right to bring the curtain down on his playing career. But the opportunity to work under Mourinho convinced him walk straight into a new role.
“He is one of the best,” he said. “He’s been around for many years. It all fits in. “I’ve been at this club, such a great club, I obviously know the club and manager. Learning off him, the backroom staff, trying to bring the kids through and have an influence on that - it just fits. “Hopefully it still fits in a couple of years’ time.” wwwpic5678