MANCHESTER, England (AP) Michael Carrick will be offered a coaching role at Manchester United if an irregular heartbeat prevents him from returning to action, Jose Mourinho said on Saturday.
Carrick released a statement via his Twitter account on Friday revealing the condition that has kept him from playing since September.
Although the midfielder stated his intention to return, the United manager assured him that he has a future at the club either way.
“Michael as a person is more important than Michael as a player,” Mourinho said. “So we gave him the time to relax, to recover, and to feel confident.
“He knows that my coaching staff has a chair for him if he wants, when he wants. The chair is there in the office for him. I want that, the board wants that, the owners want that, so Michael is in a comfortable situation of his future will be with us.
“But he wants to be a player until the end of the season and now he feels confident to be back, training. One more option for us. We need players and if Michael wants, I am happy with that.”
Carrick said he underwent tests after “feeling strange” on Sept. 20 during a League Cup match against Burton Albion. He then had a procedure called a cardiac ablation.
In a statement on Friday, Carrick said, “I feel fine now. I’d like to reassure everyone that I’m healthy and back training hard with the team.”
The game against Burton was the 36-year-old Carrick’s only appearance this season.
Manchester United captain Michael Carrick hasn’t played for his club since Sept. 20, a confounding period of more than two months now, and the reason for the 36-year-old midfielder’s absence has finally come to light: an irregular heartbeat.
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The condition, which Carrick announced himself on Friday, was first detected after Man United’s League Cup victory over Burton Albion. He has since undergone a cardiac ablation, a procedure to scar or destroy tissue in your heart that’s allowing incorrect electrical signals to cause an abnormal heart rhythm, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Carrick was named the new United captain this summer following the departure of Wayne Rooney. As told in the above statement, he is working toward full fitness and once again being available for selection in Jose Mourinho’s side.
Hooray for modern technology and medicine, which allow otherwise baffling medical conditions to be diagnosed, treated and recovered from in a matter of weeks or months.
Jose Mourinho insists he doesn’t want to talk about all of the injuries he has at Manchester United, and soon he might not have to.
A report from the Daily Mail states that Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick and Marcos Rojo have all trained with United’s reserve squad during the international break, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic not far off a return to team training either.
Pogba has been out since early September (missing 12 games) with a hamstring problem, while Rojo suffered a serious knee ligament injury at the end of last season and Carrick has recovered from a virus.
The news that Pogba could return for United’s game against Newcastle United on Nov. 18 will be music to the ears of Mourinho. There’s no doubt United have missed his ability to run forward from midfield and link up with his close friend Romelu Lukaku and without Pogba the fluidity of their midfield play just hasn’t been there.
As for Rojo, he had a strong season for United in central defense and at left back in 2016-17 and has become an essential player for Mourinho. If the Red Devils persist with a 3-5-2 system then Rojo will likely start as the left-sided center back alongside Phil Jones and Eric Bailly in central defense.
Carrick will play a bit-part role but given Ander Herrera‘s recent struggles in midfield, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the veteran midfielder play his fair share of games alongside Nemanja Matic and Maraoune Fellaini in the engine room.
All in all, this is very good news for United but it also halts any excuses Mourinho was starting to have for a loss of form for his side.
United do sit second in the Premier League table but they’re eight points behind leaders, and crosstown rivals, Manchester City. Having this trio back fit, plus Ibra improving all the time, will give United a big boost ahead of the massive Manchester derby at Old Trafford on Dec. 10 and the busy festive period on the horizon.
Michael Carrick has a one-year extension at Manchester United, and now will take the arm band on top of it.
Wayne Rooney‘s Everton move opened up the captain’s role, and the 35-year-old Newcastle-born midfielder has been handed the strap by Jose Mourinho.
Carrick has served under United captains Rooney, Nemanja Vidic, and Gary Neville, making a remarkable 459 appearances and winning double-digit trophies for the Old Trafford club.
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He began his professional career at West Ham before moving to Spurs for two seasons. Now he’s the captain of one of the biggest clubs in the world. From ManUtd.com:
“It feels great and it is such a huge honour to captain such a great club,” Michael told us. “It is my 12th year now and I came as a 25 year old. I never thought I could be here for so long and achieve so much.
“Now, to lead the boys and look after the young boys, to guide them in some ways, it is a nice thing and a real pleasure. I came to this club as a footballer and I am now a huge fan. I have grown to love the club over the years and to be in this position is very special for me.”
As new players flood into Old Trafford, it’s no mistake that Mourinho has tabbed a man who will be very clear about the traditions and expectations around United.
Michael Carrick has enjoyed countless achievements since arriving at Old Trafford over a decade ago, and now the veteran midfielder could be in line to have his stay in Manchester extended.
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According to BBC Sport, Manchester United is preparing to offer a new one-year contract extension to the 35-year-old midfielder as the Red Devils look to hold onto Carrick when his deal expires this summer.
Carrick was handed a similar one-year deal last summer prior to his 11th season with United, and manager Jose Mourinho appears set on bringing back the England international.
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In 457 appearances in all competitions, Carrick has scored 24 goals for United since joining the club in 2006 from Tottenham Hotspur.