Michael Carrick has accepted Jose Mourinho’s offer to join his first team coaching staff upon retirement, the Manchester United manager has revealed.
Midfielder Carrick has played just once this campaign, in a September Carabao Cup tie against Burton, and revealed in November that he had been diagnosed with an irregular heart rhythm following tests.
The 36-year-old had a procedure to correct that issue and is now back in training as he targets a return to the pitch in what is his 12th and likely final season as a United player.
Two months ago Mourinho admitted he wanted Carrick as part of his backroom team once he had hung up his boots and the midfielder has indicated a willingness to take up the position.
“When he wants (it), yes,” Mourinho said.
However, the Portuguese does expect Carrick to feature for him in a playing capacity down the stretch.
“I think so. (He’s had) a few months without even training so now he is in his second week of training with the team,” Mourinho added.
“(He’s a) very important player for us. I think the decision – to be (made) at the end of the season and not last week – is a good decision for the team and a good decision for him to finish playing football and not injured or with some problem.
“So we are all happy and in the end of the season I expect him to join, unless he changes his mind, but the club would be very happy for him to do that. I would be very happy also for him to do that.”