The club captain is set to retire at the end of the season after a prestigious and hugely successful career in football, and particularly so at Man United where he’s won every trophy he possibly could.
Carrick will assume some sort of coaching role at the club after more than a decade playing in a Red shirt following a big-money move from Tottenham Hotspur back in 2006.
The decision to move into coaching immediately after retirement was announced recently, and Carrick sat on the bench alongside the rest of United’s first team coaches in Saturday afternoon’s comfortable 2-0 Premier League win against Swansea City.
“We are opening the door for him to not have a difficult transition next season,” Mourinho said.
“So, this season, he’s doing little things. He is learning.
“It’s another experience for him to share the bench from a different perspective.”
Carrick has been getting experience, as many senior players do at top clubs including United, with training sessions with some of the team’s younger sides.
However, the different experience of being involved with the coaching staff rather than playing squad will have been hugely valuable.
Seeing things from the alternative perspective, having been playing for a couple of decades at various clubs, Carrick will have travelled in a different way, prepared in a different way and watched the game in a very different way as well as being in a different position in the dressing room.
It’s a good move from Mourinho to give Carrick that experience.