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Man United midfielder Michael Carrick tasked with finding his own replacement after being named Jose Mourinho’s future No2

England international will hang up his boots at the end of the season and join the Old Trafford backroom team

Michael Carrick will try to solve Jose Mourinho’s midfield puzzle when he joins Man United’s backroom team.

The retiring playmaker, 36, is being touted as a future assistant manager by his Portuguese boss.

Michael Carrick says goodbye to Manchester United fans in emotional scenes at Old Trafford

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Michael Carrick says goodbye to Manchester United fans in emotional scenes at Old Trafford

And Mourinho plans to use the new coach’s expert knowledge to help him find a world-class replacement.

Carrick said: “I will support as best I can.

“That’s part of being on the staff to work with the manager to try to get what’s best for the club.

“That will evolve and when he wants my opinion I’m there to give it.”

United have been linked with a series of world-class midfielders including Sergej Milinkovic-Savic,  Fred, Arturo Vidal, Jorginho, Jean-Michael Seri and Marco Verratti.

Michael Carrick will remain at Old Trafford as a coach and will help find a new midfielder

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Michael Carrick will remain at Old Trafford as a coach and will help find a new midfielder

Jose Mourinho thinks his protege can be United’s assistant one day

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Jose Mourinho thinks his protege can be United’s assistant one day

And Carrick – who provided a trademark through-ball for Marcus Rashford’s winner against Watford – does not think he will be missed.

He added: “I don’t like the word ‘replacement’ because you’ve got to evolve as a team.

“We’ve lost big players in the past.

“Huge players – bigger than me and the club has moved on and still been successful. I’m sure that will be the case again.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic tops United’s shopping list as Jose Mourinho looks to build his dream midfield

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Sergej Milinkovic-Savic tops United’s shopping list as Jose Mourinho looks to build his dream midfield

“I had the issue when I signed and it was all about Roy Keane. But I was never going to replace Roy Keane because it’s not how I am.

“You’ve just got to evolve and find a way.

“There will be other players. There will be players here who will improve and progress and if anyone gets brought in, whoever gets brought in, the club will move on.”