Our Manchester United fans here in the Transfer Tavern are wondering how Jose Mourinho is going to replace the retiring Michael Carrick.
After Paul Scholes, came the emergence of Carrick, a wonderful midfielder to spray the ball around the park and make United tick. Always seeming to have acres of space around them to make the right decisions, Carrick has been a fixture amid United’s success during Sir Alex Ferguson’s last period in charge.
However, this era is coming to an end come May and many of the punters will be sad to see him retire. Indeed, Mourinho has lent on Carrick over the 18 months when he could in the midfield to simplify the game with so many pacy youngsters around him all desperate to move forward as quickly as possible.
So, if Mourinho wants this type of player in his time going forward, it is going to be hard to replace but our landlord, after much discussion with the locals, thinks he has come up with an ideal two-man shortlist…