Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has labelled former Old Trafford star and current coach Michael Carrick as “unbelievable”.
Carrick retired as a player in 2018 after a trophy-laden 12-year spell at United. Since then, he has worked as a member of United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s coaching staff.
But despite Carrick mostly watching from afar nowadays, Fernandes has revealed that the 39-year-old still looks “fresh and sharp” after he briefly took part in a training exercise at Carrington.
The Portugal international also said that he is listening intently to a former player who tasted Premier League and Champions League success with United.
“I was watching in training and Carrick was playing because we had players missing and he didn’t miss a pass,” Fernandes told the UTD podcast.
“It’s unbelievable how fresh and sharp he is doing the exercises with us, and I was talking with Fred and I was going to say to him, ‘Hey, watch him playing and do the same!’ but I thought it was unfair and so I didn’t say it!”
“But it was amazing – if someone from outside came to watch training, nobody would say this guy isn’t playing in the team.
“He’s a player who has that quality of passes and also when we need to do some finishing or passing exercises, he’s always there helping us with the balls.
“I’m learning a lot from him and he’s one of the people I like to listen to, because he was a big player, he won a lot of trophies for the club and for me you have to learn from these players.”
Fernandes fitting in well
Fernandes himself has slotted seamlessly into life at Old Trafford, becoming one of the first names on the team sheet. Indeed, he has contributed to 31 goals in 33 games so far.
The 26-year-old‘s latest performance saw him score twice and assist another goal to help United beat Everton 3-1.
The Red Devils return to action with a Premier League clash against West Brom following the international break.