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Michael Carrick's coaching career at is already mirroring his playing days - unassuming but highly influential.

Carrick, who returns to his first club West Ham on Sunday, was regarded by Sir Alex Ferguson as a pivotal part of his second Champions League-winning team even though Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney took the glory.

Now manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed how he leaned on his former team-mate turned first-team coach to explain how things went awry after Ferguson's retirement in 2013 under David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.

Ole Gunnar Solskjae believes a strong coaching network is essential at Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjae believes a strong coaching network is essential at

'Of course, we played together and we've got the same experience from Sir Alex but then he's had different managers to me here at this club so he has been a fantastic help in that respect of my integration,' explains Solskjaer who is looking for a hat-trick of 1-0 victories without Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial.

'Michael has a great knowledge of football and gives me some great insight. We have our disagreements. Not all the time because we share the same view of the game in many ways but he will definitely tell me when he thinks I am wrong, and I wouldn't want it any other way. I am not asking for yes men.'

Carrick, who spent 12 years at United as a player before joining the coaching staff, was privately dismayed about the lack of dressing-room unity and negative playing style in Mourinho's latter days.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he values the insight of assistant Michael Carrick

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he values the insight of assistant Michael Carrick

A number of players including Marouane Fellaini, Alexis Sanchez, Chris Smalling, Matteo Darmian and Romelu Lukaku have either been sold or gone out on loan this year.

And while Solskjaer has been accused of being a counter-attacking manager by van Gaal, the Norwegian has explained the input Carrick and Kieran McKenna have in United's training sessions and that Carrick's instinct will always be to fit in with United's traditional philosophy.

'There are many things Michael helps with, the way he is conducting himself, the way he wants to play as well because he is a footballer and he likes football played in a certain way. And I let him coach the way he wants to,' he added.

'We believe we are making progress. We are trying to change

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