Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has backed Michael Carrick to become his future assistant manager, once the midfielder has received the relevant badges.
Carrick played his final game for the club on Sunday, having previously announced his retirement at the end of the season.
The club recently announced current assistant manager Rui Faria would be ending a 17-year partnership with Mourinho, leaving the club when the campaign is over, amid links to the Arsenal job.
And Mourinho believes Carrick could be the one to replace him once he gets his coaching badges.
“I think it will be Michael Carrick,” Mourinho told reporters when asked about a new assistant manager.
“In the future, when he has his badges, when he has his pro license.”
Carrick started in the 1-0 win over Watford at Old Trafford on Sunday, captaining the Red Devils who had already confirmed second in the Premier League.
The midfielder was given a guard of honour on his way onto the pitch before the game and was substituted by Mourinho with six minutes remaining to allow him a standing ovation on his way out.
Carrick’s trophy-laden career
In March, Carrick confirmed he will be retiring at the end of the current season, calling time on a 19-year senior career.
The midfielder has represented West Ham, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in that time, playing a total of 677 games.
Carrick has won 12 major trophies, all of which have come during his spell at Man United, including five Premier Leagues, three League Cups, one FA Cup, one Europa League, one Champions League and the Club World Cup.
And he could yet win one more as United face Chelsea in the FA Cup final next weekend.