Garth Crooks: Michael Carrick was the reason for win over Leicester City

Garth Crooks: Michael Carrick was the reason for win over Leicester City

Pundit Garth Crooks believes Michael Carrick was the reason Manchester United were able to beat Leicester City in their first fixture of the season.

Jose Mourinho’s men kicked off the Premier League campaign at Old Trafford, winning 2-1 through goals from Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw.

United’s fast start was the main reason they grabbed all three points as they won a penalty within three minutes which the Frenchman converted.

Carrick has officially retired from his playing days so had no part on the pitch but Crooks believes he influenced the match from off the pitch.

The Englishman has become a part of Mourinho’s backroom staff, currently working as a coach though he’s been touted for a future as an assistant manager.

According to Manchester Evening News, Garth said: “I didn’t expect to see them start the season with such flair and expression.

“I’m convinced Michael Carrick’s elevation from player to first-team coach was the reason for that. I certainly didn’t expect to see Shaw in their starting line-up.

“I remember seeing Shaw a couple of seasons ago with United at Stamford Bridge, when he looked a nervous wreck. Against Leicester the full-back was fabulous.

“It is too soon to be talking about England again – although that will change if he keeps playing like that. Good to have you back, kid.”

Many believed Jose made the correct decision in handing Carrick a role in coaching set-up as well as promoting academy manager Kieran McKenna.

The Portuguese manager reshuffled his backroom staff following Rui Faria’s decision to take a break from football before becoming a manager.

Mourinho admitted there’s no assistant manager at the moment but has put Michael and McKenna close to him so that there’s a team working together rather than individuals.

It’s believed the spot is open for either of the two to win it though the former Tottenham man seems to be the favourite.

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