Romelu Lukaku: Michael Carrick is like a mentor to me

by Marwan Harraz

Manchester United star Romelu Lukaku has praised fellow teammate Michael Carrick for his help and even claimed he was like a mentor this season.

The Englishman has finally hung up his boots on an illustrious career but will remain at Old Trafford as a coach for the forthcoming campaign.

Jose Mourinho publicly insisted multiple times he hopes Carrick will join the backroom staff and after accepting the position it appears the former midfielder is already making quite the impact.

Paul Pogba also lauded the former Tottenham man for his advice that allowed the Frenchman to score a brace against Manchester City.

Lukaku is now the second United player to praise Michael’s influence in a coaching perspective and that’s something that should surely excite the fans.

According to Goal, Romelu said to MUTV: “Michael, I want to say a big thank you for what you’ve done for me since January.

“I mean, not a lot of people will know that now we do video sessions after every single game to prepare for the next game and, like I’ve said, sometimes you think those video sessions don’t help me going forward.

“But they do because I became a better player and I became a better version of myself. I think it also starts in training when we do the extra bits and the extra exercises to become a better player.

“Your eye for detail really helped me a lot more. I’ve had a lot of mentors in my young career and you’re certainly one of them. It will be a joy to work with you in the staff next season.

“Hopefully, I can improve on the bits and pieces that you want me to improve on. Good luck after your career and I hope to see you in preseason so we can start a new chapter in the work that we do.”

Michael Carrick has admitted he is considering becoming a manager one day but first must working on getting his coaching badges.

Mourinho hasn’t employed an assistant manager following Rui Faria’s departure and it’s been said he’s leaving the spot open for the United Red Devils’ icon.

If Carrick can quickly get his badges and work his way up then there’s no real reason why he can’t become the club’s next manager should the Portuguese boss move on.

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