The 34-year-old Manchester United midfielder will be the first senior member of the club’s first-team to welcome former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho to Old Trafford as the controversial Portuguese comes in to succeed Louis van Gaal who was sacked with no remorse on Monday.

However, Michael Carrick’s welcome note comes with some shades of sarcasm and pessimism after the England international questioned Mourinho’s managerial and tactical prowess following his trademark third-season failure at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho is a proven winner no doubt and the 53-year-old boasts of 18 major trophies in the last decade but Carrick isn’t sure the two-time Champions League winner can bring ‘stylish football’ to United.

“His track record speaks for itself. I think it’s a good fit. It’s about winning at the end of the day,” Carrick told Sky Sports News at Monaco Grand Prix when asked for his reaction to Mourinho’s appointment.

“I know there’s a lot of talk about styles and playing this way or that way. But it’s about winning, it’s about being number one. It’s about winning trophies and if we can do that with a bit of style and a bit of flair then obviously that’s the perfect match.

“But first and foremost it’s about winning and getting back on top.

“There is going to be change without a doubt. He (Mourinho) is coming in and he’s his own man. He’s got an unbelievable track record.

“Everyone is looking for quick results and that’s how it is. I’m not sure exactly on the situation of who he’s bringing in or anything like that just yet. We’ll have to wait and see on that one.”


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