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United have completed one of their most important signings

Man Utd are busy preparing for the summer transfer window but they've already completed some very important business

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United have completed one of their most important signings

Man Utd are busy preparing for the summer transfer window but they've already completed some very important business

24 April 2018 Tuesday 14:11
United have completed one of their most important signings

Work has already begun at Manchester United on how to close the gap on Manchester City and Jose Mourinho is expected to spend big when the transfer window opens next month.

And while United need new faces in the squad if they're going to overthrow Pep Guradiola's side next season, the United boss has arguably already completed one of his best pieces of business.

At a press conference before the Sevilla game in March, Michael Carrick announced what many had already predicted - that he would retire at the end of the season.

And while his announcement spells the end of his 12-year Old Trafford playing career, the next chapter of his United journey is just beginning - signing up to the coaching team.

"Yes. It's kind of been sorted out," Carrick replied when asked if he would be given a coaching role. "We're still talking about it, to be honest, so there's nothing totally confirmed as yet. But it's looking likely, yes."

The exact nature of Carrick's role is still to be confirmed but Mourinho needs to keep him close and in and among the first team.

The former England international has been linked with taking over from Ricky Sbragia as U23s manager after United's youngsters were relegated from the first tier of Premier League 2.

Carrick's experience would be invaluable to United's next generation and he could succeed where Sbragia has failed but, the 36-year-old is far more valuable to the club in and around the senior set-up.

Michael Carrick with Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.


Since his announcement, Carrick has begun taking his place on the bench among Mourinho's staff and he's already having an impact.

Paul Pogba explained how Carrick inspired him in training before the Manchester derby and the midfielder rallied the team at half time in the dressing room at the Etihad after Mourinho's side found themselves 2-0 down at the break.

"Michael Carrick showed me a video, it helped me a lot with this [equalising goal]," Pogba told Sky Sports after the derby.

“Every time after training or every time after a game, he talks to me he comes and he says do it this way."

And, it's not just Pogba who Carrick's been helping, Chris Smalling, explained how he is still viewed as the figurehead of the team.

"With Michael, I think it doesn't feel too weird that he's going into the coaching because he is such our figurehead of the team," he told ESPN.

"I mean, our team is getting younger and younger, but Michael is the standout leader of our team."

At times this season that is exactly what United have lacked - a leader. And Carrick can continue to play that role even if it is from the sidelines.

Reports earlier this season, especially after the FA Cup game against Brighton, suggested Mourinho was at risk of losing the dressing room.

While the likes of Pogba insist there is no issue with the United boss, Carrick is the sort of aide the Portuguese needs alongside him to defuse any potential problems.

The fact Carrick is liked within the dressing room coupled with his winning mentality and title-winning experience means he's invaluable to Mourinho.

The U23s might be looking to go in a new direction next season but Carrick's not the man for the job because he could prove to be the secret weapon to lead next season's title charge.

M.E.N. Sports

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