Ashley Young identifies ‘unbelievable’ Man Utd transfer target to replace Michael Carrick

Michael Carrick was a key player for Sir Alex Ferguson during the glory days (Picture: Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Ashley Young reckons Manchester United still haven’t replaced Michael Carrick in the heart of their midfield and a certain PSG star is the man they should be going after.

The Red Devils recorded a 2-1 win over Villarreal in the Champions League last night but were made to work for it, especially in midfield.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted to start Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay in the middle of the park against the Spanish giants but former team-mate Young believes there is room for improvement.

The 36-year-old watched PSG’s 2-0 win over Manchester City on Tuesday evening as Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi made the headlines.

But Young was most impressed by Italian Marco Verratti, who he feels would be an ‘unbelievable signing’ for United to replace Carrick… who retired in 2018.

‘The Michael Carrick type has been missing for years. They haven’t gone out and replaced Michael Carrick,’ Young told BBC Radio 5 Live.

Marco Verratti is considered one of the best midfielders in today’s game (Picture: John Berry/Getty Images)

‘Don’t get me wrong – Fred and [Scott] McTominay are good players but I don’t think there’s a Michael Carrick around.”

‘I was watching the PSG v City game and I think Marco Verratti is the closest one and nobody’s gone out to test the waters to try to sign him.

‘I think he would be an unbelievable signing for Manchester United.’

Verratti has been linked with a move to United in the past, most notably in the summer of 2018, but the 28-year-old is under contract until 2024.

Ashley Young believes United still haven’t replaced Michael Carrick (Picture: Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

He helped PSG win Ligue 1 in 2020 and played a key part in Italy’s triumph at Euro 2020.

And while any move for Verratti looks unlikely, United fans will have to get used to watching Solskjaer’s preferred Fred and McTominay partnership.

Despite criticism from some sections of the Old Trafford faithful over the pairing, the Norwegian boss has made it clear he trusts them to deliver good performances and results.

‘First of all, the stats for those two together, we have had many good results,’ he said.

‘The way we broke up play against Villa I think they are very instrumental together. The energy and desire. I really like to have the two of them. I can trust them to give us what they’ve got.

‘Fans will always have opinions, it is easy to say who should be playing.’

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