United midfielder Carrick impressed by Mourinho

Date published: Friday 15th July 2016 1:33

Manchester United squad

Michael Carrick has been impressed by the impact of new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho since joining the club.

Mourinho, who replaced the outgoing Louis van Gaal, is preparing his squad for their first friendly of pre-season against Championship outfit Wigan Athletic.

Carrick has experienced pre-seasons under several managers, including Louis van Gaal, David Moyes and Sir Alex Ferguson and has enjoyed the first week’s training under Mourinho.

“It’s been very good,” the 34-year-old said. “We came in last Wednesday and have done over a week with him now and it’s been enjoyable.

“The sessions are very good, it hasn’t broken us yet and hasn’t been as hard as you might think! There’s been a lot of football and fun at the right times, and I think everyone’s enjoying it.

“When you get a new manager, pre season is always a little bit different because it’s a new personality and new ways.

“But you approach the season as any other and you’ve got to prepare yourself to be ready for the battle.

“That’s what the first few weeks of pre season are for, to get that base of fitness and mentally prepare yourself for the year ahead.”

The Portuguese coach sanctioned a new one-year deal for the England international at the end of last season.

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