Michael Carrick is hammering the idea of a Paul Pogba exit from Manchester United.
Pogba’s had his problems with manager Jose Mourinho, but recently praised the boss for the season’s education.
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But is an exit is just not going to happen, says Carrick as he heads toward a coaching role at Old Trafford.
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“Of course he’s got a future, he’s a big player for us, he’s a great age, he’s got his peak years ahead of him. It’s not even something I’d give a second thought to, to be honest.”
The retired midfielder also said he’s looking forward to working under Jose Mourinho, whom he calls “the best man to learn from.”
He also said United’s trophy-less season wasn’t ideal, but it’s more about them their competition.
“We’re not looking at City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, anyone. We’re looking at ourselves to improve, we believe we’re capable of improving a lot and we’ll see where that takes us.”
The extensive career of Michael Carrick has warranted many accolades, both individually and for his Manchester United squad.
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For one last time though this weekend, the legendary midfielder will have the opportunity to suit up for his long-time side.
Carrick, who will join Jose Mourinho’s coaching staff starting in 2018/19, has made just one Premier League appearance this season for United.
That won’t stop the team’s Portuguese manager from giving Carrick one last chance to be honored by the Old Trafford faithful on Sunday when United takes on Watford.
“He will start the last match at Old Trafford,” Mourinho said. “It’s the last match in the Premier League, in front of our fans, so he will start the last match against Watford.”
The Red Devils will also be in action on Thursday against West Ham United, however, Carrick isn’t expected to appear for the Manchester side.
During Carrick’s extensive career at United, which began back in 2006, the England international has made 463 appearances in all competitions.
Manchester United and Michael Carrick have confirmed that this will be the final season of the midfielder’s distinguished playing career.
The Tyneside-born Carrick, 36, was diagnosed with a heart problem earlier this year and has spent limited time on the field.
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He still hopes to play at some point this season to go out on his “own terms,” but knows he’s reached the end.
“There comes a time when, as much as you like or don’t like it, your body tells you it’s time to stop playing football. That’s pretty much where I’m at, which is fine. It’s something you have to accept. That’s where I’m at.”
Carrick was 25 when he joined United from Spurs, and has an incredible resume to show for it. He’s claimed five Premier League titles, a Champions League crown, a Europa League triumph, three League Cups, and an FA Cup.
He’s expected to join Jose Mourinho’s coaching staff after the season, though Carrick said that’s not entirely confirmed yet.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho announced Friday night that 36-year-old midfielder Michael Carrick will retire after this season and join the Red Devils’ coaching staff.
Carrick has made just one appearance for Manchester United this season, back on September 20th in an EFL Cup match against Burton Albion. He has been on the sidelines recovering since an irregular heartbeat was discovered after he felt “strange” in the second half of that game. However, Carrick has been training with the team since November and Mourinho confirmed he could finish out his career on the pitch.
“[He had] a few months without even training so now he is in his second week of training with the team,” Mourinho said to the media ahead of Manchester United’s match against Burnley on Saturday morning. “He is a very important player for us. I think it is a good decision for the team and a good decision for him to finish playing football and not injured or with some problem.”
Mourinho confirmed that the club has offered him a position on the team’s coaching staff, and that he expects Carrick to accept.
“We are all happy and in the end of the season I expect him to join,” Mourinho said, “unless he changes his mind, but the club would be very happy for him to do that. I would be very happy also for him to do that.”
Carrick began his career in London in the West Ham youth system, making his professional debut in 2005 and spending five years with the Hammers before moving across town to Tottenham in 2004. He spent two seasons at White Hart Lane before heading north and joining Manchester United in the summer of 2006, where he would go on to 460 appearances across all competitions, scoring 23 goals and assisting 36 others. He has won five Premier League titles with Manchester United, as well as a Champions League, an FA Cup, and three League Cups.
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.