Michael Carrick names midfield successor


Michael Carrick is set to hang up his boots come the end of the season, and the Manchester United player knows just who will replace him at the club.

He claimed young star Scott McTominay has what it takes, and all he needs to do now is take the chances that are coming his way from Jose Mourinho – and he couldn’t be happier for the player.

He said to “Scotty has done great.

“The improvement has been so great over the last six to 12 months, when we’ve seen him training with us a lot more. You can see that he steps up to every challenge that has been set in every environment. 

“He is an athlete. He is strong, quick and very good on the ball. He has got all of the attributes to have a really good career. 

“He just needs those breaks at the right times, which so far he has had. Hopefully he will keep taking his chances.

“He is willing to learn and listen. That is one of the biggest things for a young lad, to have that attitude. Of course I am here to help him and I try to do it as much as I can. 

“I know he will take my place some day and that is not something I would be afraid of, or try to put him off, because it is important to help the future and Scott is definitely that.

“It is my responsibility to do all I can to help him. 

“It is something I really enjoy, to see the younger lads coming in and getting a chance. Whether it be in my position or not, it’s how the game goes and how the club evolves.”

FA Cup

United have an FA Cup clash this weekend before they have to turn their attentions to the Champions League, and Jose Mourinho’s men know the two competitions are their only chance of a trophy this season, with Manchester City en route to winning the Premier League and the Carabao Cup long gone.

Mourinho will want to at least make sure his side do well in Europe, and knows they are expected to beat Sevilla next week – not to mention also progress in the FA Cup.