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3 possible replacements for Michael Carrick at Manchester United

Michael Carrick will retire at the end of the season and United will need to find a replacement this summer

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Top 5 / Top 10 02 Feb 2018, 13:30 IST
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Michael Carrick
Michael Carrick's languid elegance has been vital to United's success over the years

Over the years, Manchester United have had some of the finest central midfielders in the world. In the Ferguson era, United had several star players like Bryan Robson, Paul Ince, Roy Keane, Paul Scholes, and Michael Carrick certainly falls into that category.

Carrick has been at the club since 2006 and has played over 314 games scoring 17 goals in the process. During his time at Manchester United, he has won five Premier Leagues, one FA Cup, one Champions League and one Europa League among other major titles.

With Manchester United spending more than €500 million in last three years, it looks like his contribution to the team is fading slowly.

Firstly, Michael Carrick who is now 36 years old is nowhere near his best. Secondly, Manchester United has star players like Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera playing the same position. So, it is unlikely to see Michael Carrick getting any minutes on the pitch.

But when one of the players get injured, the United midfield area weakens. United's manager Jose Mourinho has also confirmed that he will need one midfielder this summer to strengthen his squad.

So, who is Mourinho targeting next summer? Here is a list of three players United could be looking to rope in this summer.


#3 Jorginho (Current team - Napoli)

Jorginho
Jorginho

According to reports, Mourinho has identified Jorginho as the right replacement for the veteran midfielder. The Italian midfielder has been in good form this season scoring two goals and providing three assists in 15 Serie A games.

Jorginho is known for his incredible passing range which Manchester United have been missing since Paul Scholes days. His passing ability was even praised by Manchester City's boss Pep Guardiola when his team met Napoli in the Champions League Group Stage.

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