Michael Carrick has been pictured working hard at Carrington ahead of Saturday’s clash with Watford after being rested during Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Leicester City.
Carrick has made ten Premier League starts for Man United so far this season and hasn’t come off the pitch defeated once, providing a strong illustration of his importance to Mourinho.
And the 35-year-old was seen putting in the hard yards ahead of the clash with Walter Mazzarri’s side on Saturday.
That 3-1 defeat at Vicarage Road back in September feels, at least to me, like an eternity ago – a testament to how much Mourinho has improved the tempo and spirit in this squad over recent months.
One thing that does remain in my head from that game, however, was the complete chaos in midfield: Wayne Rooney, Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba formed a midfield trio lacking any sense of clear conviction, visibly unsure of how to interact as a triumvirate.
Carrick’s presence, in this sense, feels invaluable. The 35-year-old provides an immediate sense of clear definition and poise to United’s midfield, and supporters will hope to see his influence on Saturday.