Mourinho: Man Utd boss tipped to stay at Old Trafford

Carrick told Britain's Press Association that the most striking thing about the Portuguese boss was his track record in winning trophies over many years.

The 25-year-old looked to have played the part of villain when he blazed over a golden opportunity to restore the hosts' lead late in proceedings, but he regained composure to tuck away a chance instigated by Eden Hazard six minutes from time and send the Red Devils top of Group A2.

'If you have a good six games you get another six games, and if you have a bad six games you're under massive pressure'.

'I was at the game last Saturday and although they beat Newcastle 3-2, it's possibly the worst I've seen Manchester United play in one half of football for a long time.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has leapt to the defence of Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho stressing he is still the right man for the job whilst admonishing those under him. United saw a £80million bid get rejected in the summer, as per the report.

"I didn't come into it thinking "ah, this is straightforward, this is going to be easy" because that's not the case and I knew that coming in that it's not easy", Carrick added. So, I am totally aware of that. Do you go straight into management?

"I don't think there's a right or wrong, I think it depends what fits at the right time for that individual and that's where I'm at right now". But a coach is only as good as his team, so it's not like he can do miracles if the team is not good enough.

"It feels natural, it's a great position".

Carrick's contemporaries Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard have already embarked on managerial careers.

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