Michael Carrick reveals he’s doing his coaching badges

by Leo Nieboer

Michael Carrick has revealed via social media that he is working for his coaching badges.

The midfielder, who signed a one year contract extension over the summer, has featured sporadically so far under Jose Mourinho, making just three appearances, and will most likely retire at the end of the season.

Teammate Daley Blind declared that Carrick would make a “fantastic coach” during a Q&A session last week, labelling the 35-year-old as “a great person to learn from.”

The midfielder recently tweeted a photo of himself hard at work with his various coaching assignments.

Carrick has always been, to me at least, an enormously enigmatic figure: he isn’t especially strong, nor is he incredibly quick; he can’t head the ball very well, and he is definitely not a goal-scorer. With this in mind, his record of 424 appearances for Manchester United, crowned by ten major honours, is nothing short of mind-blowing.

How can someone with such a dearth of the fundamental attributes required of a midfielder encounter such sustained success? The answer, of course, lies in his astonishing footballing brain: this is someone who can judge the tone of a game, observing its numerous patterns in one clear, unbroken moment, like a painter looking at his masterpiece.

It is no surprise, then, that Carrick – a player who has made a career out of dictating games with his superb technique and vision – is looking ahead to management.

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