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Michael Carrick has revealed the Man United youngster who will replace him in midfield when he retires

Manchester United's captain will call it quits at the end of the season and is busy helping his protege

It looks like Scott McTominay can look forward to another start for Manchester United this weekend, as Jose Mourinho’s side take on Huddersfield in the FA Cup.

The highly-rated midfielder has been a regular for United this season after making his first-team debut against Arsenal back in May, with club captain Michael Carrick particularly full of praise for the youngster.

In fact, the 36-year-old – who’s looking to hang up his boots at the end of the season and take on a coaching role at the club – thinks McTominay is likely to take his place in the future.


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Speaking with ManUtd.com, Carrick said: “The improvement has been so great over the last six to 12 months, when we’ve seen him training with us a lot more.

“You can see that he steps up to every challenge that has been set in every environment.

“He is an athlete. He is strong, quick and very good on the ball. He has got all of the attributes to have a really good career.

“He just needs those breaks at the right times, which so far he has had. Hopefully he will keep taking his chances.”

Carrick will take on a coaching role at United when he retires at the end of the season

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Carrick will take on a coaching role at United when he retires at the end of the season

The 20-year-old has played five times in the Premier League this season, as well as three times in the Carabao Cup and Champions League, and looks set to make his second FA Cup appearance against Huddersfield on Saturday.

And Carrick has said the midfielder – who experienced an incredible transformation in his late teens, growing from 5 feet 6 inches to 6 foot 3 inches tall in a summer – is always willing to listen and learn from United’s more-experienced stars.

McTominay has become a first-team regular at United this season

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McTominay has become a first-team regular at United this season

He said: “He is willing to learn and listen. That is one of the biggest things for a young lad, to have that attitude.

“Of course I am here to help him and I try to do it as much as I can.

“I know he will take my place some day and that is not something I would be afraid of, or try to put him off, because it is important to help the future and Scott is definitely that.

“It is my responsibility to do all I can to help him.

“It is something I really enjoy, to see the younger lads coming in and getting a chance. Whether it be in my position or not, it’s how the game goes and how the club evolves.”


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