Ray Wilkins urges Jose Mourinho to continue playing Michael Carrick at Man United

by Leo Nieboer

Former Manchester United midfielder Ray Wilkins has urged Jose Mourinho to continue playing Michael Carrick at Manchester United.

The 35-year-old has featured seven times under Mourinho this season, impressing many with his superb poise and control at the base of midfield.

Carrick’s influence this season has prompted the 53-year-old into offering the midfielder another one-year extension.

And Wilkins, speaking on Sky Sports earlier today, believes Mourinho needs to hand Carrick more game time at Old Trafford.

“I think the inclusion of Michael Carrick has to be a permanent for Jose Mourinho,” he said.

“He allows [Ander] Herrera – who is finally becoming a Manchester United player – and [Paul] Pogba to go and do their work in advance.

“Carrick just gives them a bit of solidity in the midfield when they need to control a game.”

Last week, Mourinho bemoaned the fact that he was working with Carrick so late in his career. It feels as if the 53-year-old, after trying various combinations, has started to understand the importance of the Englishman to this United side.

Carrick has always dipped under the radar, quietly orchestrating things from deep, handing the headlines to others instead. And perhaps this is why United fans, so used to taking him for granted, have only just started to recognise the Carrick’s importance as he enters the terminal stage of his career.

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