An incredibly underrated player during his time, Michael Carrick’s transition from intelligent midfielder to great coach will be one eagerly watched by many but could be one that has plenty of bumps along the way.
Having established himself as a talented midfielder at Tottenham Hotspur, Carrick made the move to Manchester United in 2006 and established himself as Roy Keane’s successor.
Twelve years later and the once talented midfielder, found himself struggling with a heart condition which would see him miss most of last season. The former England international worked on his coaching badges and last January accepted a role to become Man U’s new assistant coach.
With Jose Mourinho’s long-term number two, Rui Faria moving away, Carrick was thrust straight into the limelight and with Man U going through a tough period and Jose Mourinho’s future beginning to be questioned, he may just have a bigger role than he first thought.
Following their 3-0 loss to Spurs on Monday night, the pressure on Mourinho is now beginning to mount.
The at times petulant manager, was unhappy with the club’s transfer business over the summer as the club missed out on a host of targets. Mourinho had wanted Ed Woodward to sign Toby Alderweireld or Harry Maguire to the bolster his defensive ranks but was delivered with neither. The club have already lost two games this season and were demolished by Spurs and therefore, Mourinho’s time at the club may be ticking down.
Realistically, Michael Carrick is not going to be offered the managerial position at the club if Man U sack Mourinho.
Carrick may turn out to be a top manager but it’s just too early for him to even contemplate taking the position. He needs to learn his craft at a top club and define what style it is he wants to play. Where the problem may lie, however, is if the club sack Mourinho and the new manager decides to bring in his own team. If that were to happen, Carrick’s best option is to stay at the club in any capacity.
He may lose his position as an assistant at the club but he should still stay within the club, maybe even taking a role in the academy.
While it’s unsure what might happen at the club, whatever erupts from Old Trafford won’t necessarily affect his future as a manager, indeed, staying and weathering the storm may even help in the long run.