But Starsport can reveal Carrick would be willing to stay at Old Trafford if Van Gaal left and was replaced by Jose Mourinho.
However, it does depend on whether the former Chelsea boss wants to offer him a new contract.
Despite being 34, Carrick remains a huge influence in the dressing room and still thinks United can achieve big things before he retires.
But he has endured a difficult relationship with Van Gaal and has struggled to accept the Dutchman’s tactics and approach to the game.
Carrick took his two children, Jacey and Louise, onto the pitch with him ahead of Tuesday night’s re-arranged home game with Bournemouth.