Stan Collymore: This how Jose Mourinho should use Man United midfielder
The former Liverpool striker offers the Manchester United manager advice over how to use Michael Carrick
Stan Collymore says Jose Mourinho should use Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick in spurts throughout the 2016-17 season.
The English playmaker has struggled to secure a regular starting spot in Mourinho’s side since the Portuguese coach took over the reins from Louis van Gaal at the start of the summer.
Carrick has only made two Premier League appearances in the 2016-17 season despite the Red Devils’ struggles under their new manager in the English top flight.
The former Tottenham and West Ham midfielder was in the starting line-up for Manchester United’s 3-1 win at Swansea City in their last Premier League game before the international break.
While Collymore believes Carrick does have a role to play under Mourinho, the former Liverpool striker insists the Manchester United manager needs to use the experienced midfielder sparingly.
“In the short term I think Carrick can work but only in 4 to 5 game spurts,” Collymore wrote in his Boylesports blog.
“Otherwise I’m afraid the Red Devils will slow things down so much that the anaemic team we saw under LVG, Moyes and at times Jose will come back to haunt the Old Trafford faithful.
“United have 4 home games on the spin now and if there’s one player who epitomised United home dominance in the trophy winning years it was Carrick.
“So give him the 4 games, get the points on the board and look ahead to who comes in as we get to what will be an incredibly exciting pre-Christmas jockeying for position.
“A Carrick isn’t for life or even for Christmas, just 4 home games to steer the team back on a winning course.”
Manchester United are in sixth place and eight points behind leaders Liverpool after 11 top-flight games.
The Red Devils will host their bitter rivals Arsenal in their next top-flight fixture at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.