Former Man Utd star set to ‘hold talks’ with Championship club

Former Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is set to “hold talks” with Middlesbrough today over their vacant managerial position.

Former Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is set to hold talks’ with Middlesbrough today over their vacant managerial position, according to reports.

The Championship club have been without a permanent boss since they parted company with Chris Wilder at the beginning of the month. As thing stand, the Teessiders lie 21st in the second tier, just two points clear of the relegation zone having only won three of their opening 13 games of the campaign.

According to Sky Sports, Carrick is one of a number of candidates that Boro intend to speak to, and has been ‘recommended’ by England boss Gareth Southgate for the role at the Riverside. Southgate has a positive relationship with club chairman Steve Gibson, having worked under him as both a player and a manager. Talks have also been held with Rob Edwards, who was recently dismissed by Watford.

Carrick has been out of the professional game since his short stint as caretaker manager of United in the aftermath of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s departure from the dugout at Old Trafford late last year. It is undersood that the the 41-year-old was keen to take some time away for personal reasons after a playing and coaching career that had spanned more than two decades.

During his spell as a player in Manchester, the ex-England international won five Premier League titles and a Champions League, among other honours. In 464 appearances for the Red Devils he scored 24 goals and registered 37 assists. He moved into coaching after hanging up his boots in 2018.

Speculation surrounding Boro’s interest in Carrick has been persistent in recent days. Over the weekend, The Sun even went as far as to suggest that the former midfielder would like to take ex-United coaches Mike Phelan and Rene Meulensteen with him to the Riverside, should he land the role on Teesside.

Carrick has also emerged as one of a number of touted contenders for the newly-vacant managerial position at West Bromwich Albion. The Baggies sacked ex-United captain Steve Bruce on Monday after a dire run of form that has left them languishing in the Championship drop zone.