As Manchester United prepare to honor Michael Carrick in June by awarding him a Testimonial game, it slowly becomes obvious that the midfielder will not stay on for another season.
Despite his side’s admirable performances this season, Mourinho’s rebuilding project is far from over. Mourinho has been frank to both the reporters and his players about the current situation at the club and about the club’s plans for the future. Everything that Mou has said so far has became a reality and it is to be expected that the hints about Michael Carrick’s age given just a couple of weeks ago might be an indicator of his departure.
But it’s not the only clue. Michael Carrick will play a testimonial game after the Premier League season comes to a close and it will be a match in which the generation that won the Champions League and Premier League double in 2008 will square off against a team of stars.
Speaking about United’s summer transfer targets, Mourinho has said that the club will go after two or three players and that they are already known to the people associated with the transfer dealings at the Old Trafford club.
It was widely reported that one of those “two or three” players will be French forward Antoine Griezmann for a fee that is believed to be around €100m which only leaves room for speculation about two more players that are set to join United this summer.
Michael Carrick’s possible departure along with Bastian Schweinsteiger’s likely transfer will leave the club short of options for the number 6 position as Ander Herrera and Daley Blind (who hasn’t played in midfield for more than two years) will remain as the only players capable of playing there.
Taking that into account, Mourinho must prioritize the signature of a quality number 6 in the summer transfer window and make no mistake, Mou already has a clear idea about who that will be.
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