The Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern only have positive things to say about Michael Carrick, but after a 12 year career at Old Trafford, they believe the time is right for him to retire.
Michael Carrick has been a loyal servant to United over the course of the past decade and he will take some replacing when he call time on his career this summer. The 36-year-old has predominantly played in a deep-lying play-maker role to provide the club with a link between defence and midfield which fans from outside the club have often failed to appreciate.
There is no doubt that Carrick will be a difficult player to replace, but Jose Mourinho must attempt to secure a new central midfielder this summer to ensure his side don’t fall further behind their local-rivals Manchester City next season. With that being said, it’s likely that Mourinho will beginning to identify a shortlist of players who could fill the void left by Carrick next season, and one player who certainly represents a strong candidate to replace him is Napoli’s Italian international Jorginho.
The 26-year-old has been in brilliant form whilst playing as an anchor at the heart of Napoli’s midfield this season, and his performances have played an instrumental role in enabling the club to go head-to-head with Juventus for their first ever Serie A title. Jorginho would provide United with a defensive shield in-front of the back-four, but he has plenty more strings to his bow, as his range of passing and ability to influence the game in the final-third of the pitch are pivotal aspects to his game.
Paul Pogba’s position at the club has been debated throughout the season so far, and the general consensus seems to be that his form would improve if he was utilised in an attacking role within a midfield-three instead of playing deeper alongside Nemanja Matic. The arrival of Jorginho would lend Mourinho the opportunity to experiment with that particular system, so Pogba should recommend his services to United’s manager this summer before a rival club swoops in to secure his signature.