Michael Carrick believes undertaking his coaching badges is already helping him to improve as a player and could ultimately help him to extend his Manchester United career.
The 35-year-old veteran midfielder has been used sparingly by Jose Mourinho thus far this season, but has proven to be something of a lucky charm with United having won all six matches in which the former England international as featured.
Carrick’s current contract expires at the end of the season and although he admits he has to be ‘realistic’ about his future, taking his coaching qualifications is helping him add an extra dimension to his game.
‘The badges are going alright actually, I’m not far from finishing my ‘A’ license now. I’ve been doing a lot of work with the U14s and it’s something I really enjoy,’ Carrick, who is currently in the process of completing his UEFA ‘A’ License, told Sky Sports News.
‘Fitting it in is the biggest problem around schedules and games especially, with having so many games at the moment. I think I’ve probably improved as a player as well since I’ve started doing my badges and thinking about the game a bit differently.’
Asked if he would like to remain at Old Trafford beyond the current campaign, Carrick added: ‘Yeah, but I’m 35 now and I have to be realistic.
‘I’m not going to make predictions about what is going to be happening next season.
‘We are not even at Christmas yet and I just want to play as many games as I can and see how I’m feeling, how the body is feeling.’