His Premier League playing career may have only just come to an end, but Michael Carrick has already been given his first task as a Manchester United coach.
Carrick brought the curtain down on his playing illustrious career on Sunday in an emotional afternoon at Old Trafford, as United won their final game of the season against Watford, with Carrick involved in the creation of the only goal of the game.
He could of course play some part in one more game this coming weekend with United preparing to play in the FA Cup final on Saturday afternoon before their players disperse around the world for the World Cup and/or their summer holidays.
As for Carrick, he is preparing for a totally different role, as he joins Jose Mourinho’s coaching staff next season.
However, with that role not set to start until United reconvene for pre-season training in July, he has already been handed his first task by Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho – find a replacement for his midfield prowess.
Mourinho has already admitted that he will be bringing in at least one new midfielder this summer as a replacement for Carrick, and could have to enter the market twice should Marouane Fellaini decide to leave on a free.
Carrick, who has expertly marshalled the United midfield for 12 years, has been tasked with identifying the ideal midfield players to bring in this summer.
United have been linked with Jorginho, Fred, Toni Kroos and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.