Former Tottenham midfielder Michael Carrick, who is currently a first-team coach with Manchester United after enjoying an illustrious career as a player for the Red Devils, has spoken of his admiration of new Spurs head coach Jose Mourinho ahead of the match at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

It will be the first time Mourinho has returned to Old Trafford since being sacked by Manchester United last December.

He spent more than two seasons at the club and the Europa League and League Cup during his time in Manchester.

It was Mourinho who gave Carrick an opportunity to kickstart his coaching career at United following his retirement from the game and the 38-year-old has revealed that he will always be grateful for what the special one did for him.

The former England midfielder told the Daily Mail: “I have got a lot to thank him (Mourinho) for. He knows that,’

‘He gave me an opportunity with the coaching, the next chapter if you like. I will always be grateful for that. It wasn’t something he had to do, it was his choice.

“For what he has achieved, there is no way I couldn’t learn from him. It was my first time coaching as well so it was all new to me. To have him there and guide me as he did then, obviously I am all the better for that.”

However, Carrick refused to get into comparisons between Mourinho and current  manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The former Spurs star added: “I can’t speak for Jose. I can only thank him for what he’s done for me. It is kind of hypothetical. Ole is a terrific manager. He is all about his belief in the club and anything outside that, it doesn’t effect Ole or where our focus is.

“I am not going to compare him to another manager or what he will do if something is said or not said, there is no need for that.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Manchester United’s struggles since Jose Mourinho left the club have vindicated the Portuguese manager and his statements about the quality of the squad he had at his disposal at United. There is no doubt that Mourinho will want to make a statement on his return to Old Trafford by walking away with all three points.

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