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Five Possible Replacements For Michael Carrick At Manchester United

Michael Carrick has quietly gone about the business of winning trophies since being brought to Manchester United by Alex Ferguson over a decade ago. Nothing phases the Geordie midfielder, not even taking Roy Keane’s shirt number.

His metronomic passing, game intelligence and ability to screen his back four effectively have been a cornerstone of United since he arrived at the club. At 35, however, Carrick is running out of time, a decision on his future will be made in the coming weeks. If he stays on for another year he will be used sparingly.

Either way, Jose Mourinho will need to replace him eventually.

So who are the possible replacements for Carrick? We’ve picked out five names and ranked them on suitability and availability.

Ander Herrera

Herrera is pretty much the only option within Mourinho’s squad.

The Spaniard has operated in this position a number of times recently playing extremely well. From the holding position, Herrera sets the tone for United and gets the ball moving forward quickly, he can also pick a pass. However as was evidenced against Saint Etienne last night he likes to press opponents and win the ball as high up the pitch as possible sometimes leaving his back four wide open. With a couple of slight adjustments to his game Herrera can fill this role well.

Suitability: 3

Availability: 5

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 17:  Ander Herrera of Manchester United celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on May 17, 2015 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Casemiro – Real Madrid

Real Madrid’s Brazilian midfielder has blossomed into the archetypal defensive midfielder under Zinedine Zidane. Surrounded by the glitz and glamour of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gateth Bale, Casemiro keeps things simple, winning the ball and giving it to his teammates. Strong in the tackle, athletic and not afraid to carry the ball if it’s on.

Casemiro is the first name of Zidane’s team sheet, there’s a feeling in Madrid that if Zidane were to leave another manager with less clout could be pressured into dropping the Brazilian for another Galactico by club president Florentino Perez.

Suitability: 4

Availability: 1 (at present)

SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 30:  Casemiro of Real Madrid in action at the penalty shootout during the International Champions Cup match between Real Madrid and AC Milan at Shanghai Stadium on July 30, 2015 in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Blaise Matuidi – PSG

Matuidi has been a rock for both PSG and the French national side. He’s got a phenomenal engine, he’s extremely tough in the tackle and he gets on with the ‘ugly’ side of the game so the flair players can light it up. His role at PSG is as more of a box to box player given Marco Verratti’s brilliance as a deep lying play maker. At 29, Matuidi wouldn’t offer any return on what would need to be a massive investment from United but Mourinho has never let something like that stop him in the past.

Suitability: 4  Availability: 2

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 03:  Blaise Matuidi of France applauds the supporters after his team's 5-2 win in the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match between France and Iceland at Stade de France on July 3, 2016 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Idrissa Gueye – Everton

Idrissa Gueye has been a revelation for Everton since joining from Aston Villa upon their relegation to the Championship but Ronald Koeman’s side are overloaded when it comes to all-action midfielders. Having just signed Morgan Schneiderlin for a hefty fee, Gareth Barry and James McCarthy benched and young Tom Davies emerging as a real prospect Koeman is spoiled for choice.

At 27, Gueye is theoretically at his peak. Given Everton’s wealth in the middle of the park and taking into consideration their financial stature in comparison to United, a big offer in the summer could tempt the Toffees.

Suitability: 5  Availability: 4

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17:  Idrissa Gueye of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Middlesbrough at Goodison Park on September 17, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Lynne Cameron/Getty Images)

Adrien Rabiot – PSG

Rabiot may be a bit of a wildcard but given his performance during PSG’s dismantling of Barcelona this week he looks one of the games best midfield prospects. Tall, strong and athletic Rabiot is aggressive in the tackle but also has excellent technique. He uses the ball intelligently and can also run with it. At the moment Rabiot isn’t quite a fixture in the PSG starting line-up but he looks like he could develop into the quintessential Mourinho holding midfielder very much in the Nemanja Matic mold. At just 21 Rabiot represents an fantastic investment even if United had to splash out a little.

Suitability: 4 Availability: 4

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 12:  Adrien Rabiot of PSG in action during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Paris Saint-Germain FC and Bayer Leverkusen at Parc des Princes on March 12, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

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