Newly appointed coach, Jose Mourinho says he wants Michael Carrick to remain at the club, shutting down speculations that the midfielder could leave this summer.
Mourinho also said that the player’s contract would be settled in the coming week. The 34-year old defensive midfielder had been left in limbo by United as his current deal ran down until the reaffirmation by the Portuguese tactician.
Jose Mourinho who finally replaced former coach Louis van Gaal, based on the club’s official announcement, has a daunting task ahead of him to set the club back on winning path and qualify for Champions League next season, as that was one of the reasons the Dutch was sacked. Mourinho has already improved United's chances of winning the Premier League title according to the odds available on StanJames.
Former Red Devils player Paddy Crerand made public the agreement between the player and United. Crerand, who made over 300 appearances for the club between 1963 and 1971, while speaking to MUTV presenter Mark Sullivan on The Paddy Crerand Show mentioned it.
Mourinho was at Wembley on Thursday night to watch England defeat Portugal by a slim 1-0 margin. He is believed to want a core of players and staff who identify with United. He also seems to value Carrick’s influence at Old Trafford and wants him around in his first season.
The details of the contract would be announced soon. Mourinho is reported to have made a phone call to the player to inform him of his plans which would involve him. Carrick has been at Old Trafford since 2006 when he joined from Spurs.
Mourinho is expected to handle his first game in charge at Old Trafford during the testimonial match of Wayne Rooney where Manchester United will take on Everton on August 3. The game was signed off within a day of his appointment and will take place 10 days ahead of the new season.