Michael Carrick has admitted that becoming Manchester United manager in the future would be an “amazing” opportunity.
The 36-year-old hung up his boots as a player last season after only managing five appearances all season due to heart problems.
He joined Jose Mourinho’s backroom staff during the latter stages of last season and has already made a noteworthy impact on the squad – most notably at half-time in the Manchester derby back in April.
And Carrick, speaking in an interview with the Times, refused to discuss the prospect of managing United any time soon but insisted it would be an incredible opportunity further down the line.
“I don’t want to throw that out there and say I’d want to be United manager,” he said.
“It would be amazing to be a manager, but I am not in a position to call that. It’s not fair or respectful to be going down that route at this stage.”
If there is any former player from the last ten years who could be a genuinely successful manager, it is certainly Carrick, who begun working on his coaching badges six years ago.
His reading of the game is pure and intensely detailed. That much is clear in not just how he played – metronomic, fluid, propulsive, quite un-English, almost Guardiola-esque – but also in how he speaks about the game.
More generally, Carrick is a good person to his very core: somebody who understands people and knows best how to communicate ideas and feelings, delivered in a wizened and disarming Geordie accent.
Talk of the United job is premature. But there will be a time when such chat will only be natural.