Manchester United: Jose Mourinho Identifies Two Potential Transfer Targets to Replace Michael Carrick

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Jose Mourinho at Bet365 Stadium, Stoke on Trent, England, September 9. Richard Heathcote/Getty

Jose Mourinho sent Manchester United scouts to Atletico Madrid's Champions League match against Roma last week to assess potential replacements for captain Michael Carrick, according to reports.

Carrick, who turns 37 next summer, is expected to finish his career at the end of the season, leaving Mourinho with at least one central midfielder needed.

Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez and Roma's Radja Nainggolan are two possible targets for United after Mourinho sent scouts to watch the duo play, according to the Daily Star.

The game at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Tuesday finished 0-0, with both players featuring during the match.

Nainggolan has previously been a target for Mourinho's former club Chelsea, although Antonio Conte's team opted to sign Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco this summer.

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Carrick has been at United for 11 years, following his move from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006, signed by Sir Alex Ferguson for about £18 million.

But the English midfielder is yet to feature for United this season, largely down to Mourinho's wealth of talent in the middle of the pitch.

Paul Pogba has been joined by former Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic in central midfield, with Mourinho preferring Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera to Carrick.

United continued its fine start to the Premier League season on Sunday, putting four goals past Everton to draw level on points with rival Manchester City.

Mourinho's team hosts Burton Albion in the League Cup on Wednesday before travelling to the south coast of England on Saturday to face Southampton.