Our Manchester United fans here in the Transfer Tavern are wondering how Jose Mourinho is going to replace the retiring Michael Carrick, a role that has some big boots to fill.
After Paul Scholes’ retirement came the emergence of Carrick, a masterful midfielder to spray the ball around the park and make United tick. The pair were similar in a sense that they always seemed to have acres of space around them to make the right decisions and since, Carrick has been a fixture during United’s glory years during Sir Alex Ferguson’s last period in charge.
However, this era is coming to an end come May and many of the regulars will be sad to see him retire. Indeed, Mourinho has lent on Carrick over the past 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, in which it is going to be hard to replace but our landlord, after much discussion with the local Mancs, thinks he has come up with an ideal three-man shortlist…