Jose Mourinho identifies a replacement for Michael Carrick at Man United – report

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho has identified Paris Saint Germain midfielder Marco Veratti as an ideal replacement for Michael Carrick at Manchester United, according to reports.

Carrick was awarded with a one-year extension over the summer after impressing during the latter stages of the 2015/16 campaign.

It was reported earlier this week that the 35-year-old, following a string of commanding performances under Mourinho, would be awarded with another extension this summer.

However Mourinho, according to Lucas Sposito, is also looking for a potential Carrick replacement in Veratti.

How exactly do you define Carrick’s style? Some might say that the 35-year-old’s approach is almost old-school: focused on merely mastering the basics, taking apart the modern and overly complex tenets of a conventional midfielder and turning it into something simpler, purer, and more refined. He is central midfield’s version of postmodernism, and United fans cherish him for it.

Veratti, on the other hand, is the modern, updated version of Carrick: his composure and intelligence on the ball is there for all to see. On top of that, however, we see a level of power, skill and dynamism. Smartly shifting the ball isn’t enough these days; midfielders have to be enforcers, contributing to attacks as well as acting as a barrier for the defence. This is exactly what the Italian does, and his addition to the first team at Old Trafford would be invaluable.

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