Michael Carrick is not a man who craves attention or acclaim, but the United midfielder was admittedly delighted to win the Players’ Player of the Year award for the 2012/13 season.
Following yet another outstanding season at the heart of the Reds’ midfield, the graceful midfielder took home the prestigious prize during Wednesday’s glittering ceremony at Old Trafford, where he also finished second in the running for the fan-voted Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year gong.
But as there is arguably no greater accolade than earning the respect and admiration of your peers, Carrick was understandably elated to be acknowledged by his title-winning team-mates.
“It is special for me,” Michael told MUTV. “We work with each other every day and we work so hard. We have a tight-knit squad, as Robin (van Persie) has found coming in. It is quite easy to interact with the boys, fit in quickly and he has certainly done that this season. And it is special for the lads to vote for me because I value their opinion very highly of course, so it is special to win this award.”
On a broader scale, United’s chief architect also praised the manner in which the Reds sealed the Barclays Premier League title following the drama and deflation of last season’s finale when rivals Manchester City clinched the championship on goal difference with the last kick of the campaign.
And having reclaimed the crown in April with four games to spare, Carrick is proud of his team-mates for showing great courage and fight when so many spoke of a power shift in English football.
“This one (title) feels just as special if not even more so than the others ones,” he explained. “It has been slightly strange in the way we won it so early and we had a few games to go, but we have certainly made up for that time in the celebrations, making the most of it and enjoying it.