Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed he will be offering Michael Carrick a role on the coaching staff.

The club captain released a statement on Friday night saying he has undergone a heart procedure called a cardiac ablation and that he will soon be available for selection.

Mourinho, speaking after the 1-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion, suggested the 36-year-old will continue as a player this season before having a decision to make on his future. After taking his coaching badges and working with the youngsters at the Aon Training Complex, it is clear the midfielder could take this step at a later date.

“Michael, as a person, is more important than Michael as a player,” said the boss. “We gave him the time to relax, to recover, to feel confident, to make the decision [when he] wants to play, [when he] wants to stop.

“He knows that my coaching staff has the chair for him if he wants. When he wants the chair, it is there in the office for him. I want that, the board wants that and the owner wants that. So Michael is in a comfortable situation. His future will be with us.

“But he wants to be a player until the end of the season and now he feels confident to be back and now he is training back with us. So [he is] one more option for us, we need players and Michael wants to play so I am happy with that.”

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