Michael Carrick: Manchester United have made progress under Jose Mourinho

Michael Carrick: Manchester United have made progress under Jose Mourinho

Manchester United star Michael Carrick has insisted that the club have made progress under Jose Mourinho and has revealed the club must win the FA Cup trophy.

The Englishman played his final match at Old Trafford at the weekend in the fixture against Watford and he played a key role in the 1-0 win.

Carrick played the key pass into Juan Mata who squared the ball to Marcus Rashford for an easy tap in that guaranteed all three points.

The veteran midfielder is set to retire at the end of the season but he won’t entirely leave the club given he’s going to join Mourinho’s backroom staff.

The Portuguese manager though has been heavily criticised with many believing the Red Devils haven’t progressed at all or haven’t progressed enough during his reign.

According to the club’s official website, Michael said to MUTV: “[Finishing] second, as it is, is probably deserved and, in the last few years, we have made progress.

“As much as we want to win the league and we are desperate to win the league, we are in a better place than what we were last year. That is for sure.

“We want to win next week [against Chelsea in the Emirates FA Cup final] to finish the season in a high. I have said it for the last few years, we have still been taking trophies when we haven’t necessarily been a contender in the league. It is important to keep that winning feeling, we need to do that next week.”

Michael Carrick isn’t expected to start the FA Cup final against Chelsea but he could potentially feature as a substitute before fully assuming his role as a coach.

The former Tottenham man is a calming, classy influence on the pitch and his level headed nature could help Manchester United in a match that is notoriously played at a high tempo.

Either way, Carrick was given a deserving send off at Old Trafford and though he’ll be sorely missed, it was the correct time for him to leave.

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