Michael Carrick: How I help Jose Mourinho at Man United

The Man United assistant manager explains his role at Old Trafford under Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho

Man United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: The Sport Review

Michael Carrick has lifted the lid on his duties behind the scenes at Manchester United.

The 37-year-old opted to hang up his boots at the end of the 2017-18 Premier League season and become part of the coaching staff at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho.

Carrick has replaced Mourinho’s long-term assistant manager Rui Faria in the summer after the Portuguese coach’s number two ended his long working relationship with the Manchester United boss.

The former England international hasn’t been afforded to an easy start to his life as a coach given Manchester United’s disastrous start to the Premier League season.

The Red Devils have already lost three times in the Premier League this season to leave the Red Devils seven points adrift of the leading pack.

Carrick should have a good understanding of the inner workings of the Manchester United squad given his 11 seasons as a player at the 20-time English champions.

The Manchester United assistant coach shed light on his exact roles under Mourinho at the Old Trafford outfit since calling time on his playing career.

“I support the manager basically,” Carrick told Sky Sports. “I get in about 8.15am to help plan the session for that day and plan ahead for the next game.

“Whatever the manager needs I’m there to support him. Obviously I offer suggestions when it’s right but support is the biggest one, as well as learning.”

Carrick was a key player for Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Mourinho.

The ex-Manchester United midfielder won five Premier League titles, the Champions League, the Europa League, the FA Cup and three League Cup following his move from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006.

Mourinho will be hoping that Carrick’s experience of winning major honours can help to inspire the current crop to end their decline over the past few seasons.

Manchester United ended their winless run with a 3-2 win over Newcastle United in the Premier League at Old Trafford earlier this month.

The Red Devils will make the trip to Chelsea FC in their next Premier League game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening in pursuit of successive victories.

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