Jose Mourinho isn’t all bad.
He puts on a spiky front for the media but we remember a time when he a friendly, funny and warm manager.
The Special One’s offer to club stalwart Michael Carrick is a major show of respect.
Carrick has been at United for 11 years and has helped the club to five Premier League titles, one Champions League, an FA Cup and three league cups.
His range of passing is unrivalled and he has a Pirlo-esque ability to read the game.
Allowing him, like the Italian, to make up for a chronic lack of pace.
The classy midfielder has made 314 appearances for the Red Devils and has been a loyal servant since signing from Spurs.
It was recently revealed that Carrick underwent surgery to correct an irregular heartbeat and has only just returned to training.
Now his Portuguese manager wants to take him onto the coaching staff once he finishes as a player this season.
“There is a seat [in the coaching staff] waiting for Carrick,” Mourinho told the press after United’s 1-0 win over Brighton.
“I want that, the board wants that, the owners want that. It is waiting for him, so he is in a comfortable situation [regarding his future].”
According to reports Carrick wants to see out the decision as a player before he makes a decision on his future.
But with Carrick’s football prowess and knowledge of the modern game, securing his services on the bench is an astute move by Mourinho.
It hasn’t worked out yet for Ryan Giggs after assisting Louis Van Gaal, but Carrick could go on to become a top-level manager if he so choose.
We knew you were a nice guy really Jose.