5 midfielders who can replace Michael Carrick at Manchester United
Michael Carrick will be calling an end to his long and illustrious career at Manchester United at the end of this current campaign. Thus far, he's won five Premier League titles, three League Cups, 6 Community Shields, 1 FA Cup, 1 UEFA Europa League as well as a UEFA Champions League trophy too.
He's the only remaining member of the 2008 Champions League winning squad in Moscow, while his attributes - namely excellent passing range and distribution - are definitely something that United will find hard to replace in future.
When he does depart in the summer, the Red Devils will have to enter the market for a quality midfielder who can replace the English veteran at Old Trafford. Even manager Jose Mourinho has acknowledged that, prioritising a replacement for him ahead of the new campaign.
Here, we take a look at five players who could potentially replace him:
#5 Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)
The German sniper's passing game is second to none and he has been running the show at Bernabéu quite spectacularly. The former Bayern Munich midfielder has already won three Champions League titles as well as the World Cup with Germany at the age of 28.
h experience in abundance and his eye for classy passes, United will not miss Carrick for long if they manage to sign him. In all competitions this term, his passing accuracy rate has been at 92% - having created 49 goalscoring opportunities with six assists in the league alone.
With the statistics aside, managing to sign Kroos would prove a very tough piece of business for United to complete given just how integral he is as part of Real's midfield. They can, however, sweeten the deal as it is expected that Los Blancos will once again make an approach for David de Gea, who they'll potentially use Kroos as part of their negotiations.