Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho in confident Michael Carrick will be fit to play when called upon.
The 35-year-old was given a one-year contract extension as one of Mourinho’s first orders of business during his arrival at the club in May.
He has started two games this campaign in the Community Shield victory over Leicester City and the EFL Cup third-round clash with Northampton Town.
Speaking after the Liverpool clash, Mourinho insisted Carrick can replicate Ashley Young‘s success when he is introduced to the starting XI.
“With me, he feels all of that plus the confidence so I am really happy for him,” he said.
“But I am probably more happy with the Ashley Young situation because to perform like he did [at Anfield] is only possible because he is phenomenal in the way he trains,” Mourinho told United’s official website.
“If you don’t play, you don’t have much fitness. If you don’t train to the top, you are not ready to play. It’s the same with Michael Carrick. The day I need to play Carrick, I am sure he is going to answer because they train really well.”
It’s odd to hear Mourinho call a player invaluable when he doesn’t even feature in most of our games, but Carrick has a massive impact on and off the pitch.
He’s one of our most experienced players at the club and has proven he can be relied on when Mourinho wants him, which is a big factor when the Portuguese boss will be selecting his teams for the big games.