Paul Scholes firmly believes Toni Kroos would be the ideal replacement for Michael Carrick once his career at Manchester United comes to an end.
Carrick has been an incredible player for Man United having made nearly 500 appearances since joining in 2006 and has won everything at the club including the UEFA Champions League in 2008.
Over the course of his United career Carrick hasn’t got the recognition he’s always deserved but in the last three seasons he’s rightfully taken centre stage. However, United now have to think about the difficult task of replacing him and speaking exclusively to Republik of Mancunia, Scholes doesn’t think there is any better option than Kroos.
When asked about if United have anybody in the squad who could replace Carrick, Scholes said: “I think we might have to buy somebody. A Toni Kroos, or somebody like that, who plays his position really well, knows his position, controls a game of football, doesn’t stray too far from his position.
“I think Kroos would be ideal. Whether we can get him or not, I don’t know, whether they want him, I don’t know. But Michael will be a big miss.
“I hope he’ll get another year. He’s been a sensational player for this club. He doesn’t always get the praise that he deserves really because of the job he does, but the job he does is appreciated so much by the players around him.”
United were previously linked with Kroos, 27, prior to him joining Real Madrid and since he’s moved there he has continued to grow into one of the world’s best midfielders. A World Cup winner, Kroos is renowned for controlling the tempo of a game and that characteristic is something both Carrick and Scholes shared in their own repertoire, so you can understand why Paul thinks he could be the ideal replacement.
But naming the perfect player and getting him are two entirely difficult concepts and I don’t know why Real Madrid would let go of one of their prized assets. We may have signed Angel di Maria but that’s because the club wanted to get rid of him, signing a player Real Madrid don’t want to sell is an altogether different prospect – especially when you consider the David de Gea situation.
United certainly have a tough job replacing Carrick when he does retire and Scholes has named the player who he’d love to see in a United shirt but who would you like Jose Mourinho to sign when Carrick does go?