Jose Mourinho has reiterated that veteran Michael Carrick is still a key part of his plans at Old Trafford this season.

Carrick has struggled for regular first team football so far this season due to the presence of the likes of Nemanja Matic, Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba ahead of him in the pecking order but despite this fact, Mourinho has insisted that the 36-year-old still remains a key player for the Red Devils.

Mourinho said: “(Sergio) Romero played the Europa League final, which was the game of the season for us and he is not playing. Ander Herrera was player of the season and is not starting matches. That’s life in big clubs.

“We gave him a contract because we think he is a good player, an important player, he is just in a team where I think in this moment (Nemanja) Matic and (Marouane) Fellaini are in the best form that I have ever seen them.

“I never saw Matic or Fellaini play so well, so he is in a team with these two guys playing absolutely phenomenal, so for Carrick and Ander it’s just patience because that time will arrive and they will be important players for us for sure. That’s a team, that’s a squad, we can only play with 11 guys.

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