Confirmed: Jose Mourinho announces first Man United deal

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed the appointment of Michael Carrick as his assistant manager ahead of next season, this is according to report.

After making a name for himself with Tottenham, Carrick was signed by Sir Alex Fergusen as a replacement for Roy Keane in the summer of 2006. Carrick enjoyed a trophy laden spell  in his 464 appearances with the Red Devils but he will now be a key figure in the backroom of the club.

Carrick has decided to hang his boots this summer and will immediately transition into the coaching, as a direct replacement for Jose Mourinho’s long time time friend and assistant Rui-Faria, who has been heavily linked with the Arsenal job.

The ex-England international played his final game for Man United against Watford in the 2017/18 Premier League closing day, where he set up Marcus Rashford’s goal. And Mourinho said afterwards:

“I will organise my coaching staff in a way where the assistant manager figure doesn’t exist.

“I am going to have assistant coaches, fitness coaches and a structure where we have specialists in different areas connected to performance.

“The particular reason is I think it will be Michael Carrick in the future — when he has his badges.

“Then he can make the bridge between a player to an assistant.

“When Rui is leaving after 17 years, I have nobody in the world of football ready to be my assistant. So I prefer to structure my staff in a way where there is education and improvement.

“And when Michael has the pro licence badges along with the personality, friendship and honesty he has, I think it will be for him.”

Carrick is held in high-esteem at United who was technically and positionally intelligent – he was Man United captain on several occasions and he’s currently regarded as a legend at United,.

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