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Published: 14:52 | 15/7/16

Carrick enjoying working with Mourinho


Michael Carrick is enjoying life under new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho as the squad prepare for the start of the new season.

Mourinho was appointed as Louis van Gaal's successor in May but only got to work with the players when they returned to pre-season training on July 6.

Carrick has enjoyed working with Mourinho and claims the first week has not as tough as he had been expecting.

"It’s been very good. We came in last Wednesday and have done over a week with him now and it’s been enjoyable. The sessions are very good, it hasn’t broken us yet and hasn’t been as hard as you might think!" Carrick told MUTV.

"There’s been a lot of football and fun at the right times, and I think everyone’s enjoying it. When you get a new manager, pre-season is always a little bit different because it’s a new personality and new ways. But you approach the season as any other and you’ve got to prepare yourself to be ready for the battle.

"That’s what the first few weeks of pre-season are for, to get that base of fitness and mentally prepare yourself for the year ahead."

Carrick's future at Old Trafford looked uncertain following the end of his contract, but he signed a new one-year deal when Mourinho made it clear that he wanted the 34-year-old to remain at the club.

"I’m delighted to be here. I’ve been here quite some time now and I just love the place," Carrick added.

"It’s such a great place to come and work every day. I’ve still got that drive and desire to be successful and give everything I can, so hopefully this year will be a good one."

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