Carrick enjoying life under Mourinho

The maestro in the middle had his say on the new United boss.

Carrick enjoying life under Mourinho
Michael Carrick and Ashley Young enjoying Manchester United's pre-season training | Photo:

Manchester United's veteran midfielder, Michael Carrick has said that he is enjoying life under new manager, Jose Mourinho. 

Making changes 

United returned to the AON Training Complex this week for pre-season, ahead of their friendly with Wigan Atheltic, before flying to China to take on Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund.

Mourinho will take the reigns of his first United game at the DW Stadium, since replacing former manager Louis can Gaal, and Carrick has admitted that the players are enjoying life under the former Chelsea man. 

Carrick told MUTV: "It’s been very good" as the players "came in last Wednesday and have done over a week with him now and it’s been enjoyable". He admitted, "The sessions are very good, it hasn't broken us yet and hasn't’t been as hard as you might think."

He continued: "There’s been a lot of football and fun at the right times, and I think everyone’s enjoying it". He feels that with "a new manager, pre-season is always a little bit different because it’s a new personality and new ways".

Carrick added, "You approach the season as any other and you’ve got to prepare yourself to be ready for the battle" which allows the players to "get that base of fitness and mentally prepare yourself for the year ahead".

Michael Carrick after signing a one-year extension with Manchester United | Photo:
Michael Carrick after signing a one-year extension with Manchester United | Photo:

One more year 

One of the first actions that Mourinho decided on was Carrick's future, with the 35-year-old's contract intending to run out, but he signed a new one-year extension and Carrick shared his delight at the new deal. 

He said: "I’m delighted to be here. I’ve been here quite some time now and I just love the place." Carrick continued, "It’s such a great place to come and work every day".

He concluded, "I’ve still got that drive and desire to be successful and give everything I can, so hopefully this year will be a good one." 

Manchester United will take on Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on Saturday, July 16 with kick-off at 1:30 BST.