Manchester United Football Club kicked off proceedings with a simply scintillating victory over West Ham United at the Theatre of Dreams on Sunday. It couldn’t have gone any better for the Red Devils new boys, with Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku both playing superbly.
However, there were a few key omissions from the squad – with Victor Lindelof, Andreas Pereira and Michael Carrick all missing out on the 18-man team. That just shows how strong in depth United are at the moment.
Now, Carrick has been speaking to the media about the fact he was left out, and it seems as though the veteran is prepared to bide his time and wait for his big opportunity.
“We’ve got a great squad.” Michael Carrick is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News.
“It’s a long season and there will be a lot of games. Hopefully, we can go far in the cup competitions.
“There will be a lot of games, just like last year and there is going to be a lot of rotation of the squad.”
Look, Carrick is the consummate professional, and he’ll understand that the modern-day game is about having a squad rather than a starting XI. A similar situation unfolded last term, but as soon as the former Spurs man got his chance, he grasped it with both hands.
I think it’s a given that manager Jose Mourinho trusts him wholeheartedly. Heck, there is no bigger compliment to pay the midfielder than the fact he is now our club captain.
He has an excellent attitude, and he’ll have a real positive impact in and around the dressing room. Of course, at 36, he must realise he won’t be starting every single week – but he will be involved.