Manchester United vice-captain Michael Carrick has backed Gary Neville for success on his first managerial job with Valencia.

La Liga side Valencia shocked the world on Wednesday when the 40-year-old former England and United defender was confirmed as Nuno Espirito Santo’s successor at the Mestalla Stadium.

Carrick played alongside Gary at Old Trafford and the veteran midfielder has also worked with him in the England national team alongside boss Roy Hodgson and has been impressed by what he’s seen so far and believes the Three Lions assistant coach will do very well in Spain.

“I’ve said for some time he’s really suited to it because he sees games so well and has the required leadership skills,” Carrick said.

“Sometimes you’re looking at someone and thinking ‘Yeah, that’s going to be them’ and I’ve thought that for some time, working with him at England.

It’s a big contribution he’s made at England and I’ve seen it in him. I am sure he will do really well. I’m really confident he’ll be a big success.”


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