late-season collapse meant Manchester City nabbed the title in the dying seconds of the campaign.
Carrick's calmness under pressure and pin-point passing has become integral to the present iteration of Manchester United. Indeed, his 2012/13 campaign was probably his finest in a red shirt as, alongside Robin van Persie, United's no.16 was the crux of the club's 20th league triumph. An assured and experienced presence, Carrick's contribution only sporadically extended to goalscoring with occasionally spectacular results – but in his primary role of screening the defence, intercepting passes and probing against well-drilled opposing ranks, Carrick once again proved himself as one of the modern game's leading exponents.
Come the end of yet another title-winning campaign, the midfielder was acknowledged by his peers when he scooped the Players' Player of the Year award at a lavish post-season ceremony. It was just reward for the Newcastle-born player, who had made a habit throughout his Reds career of being an understated, yet crucial presence. Finally, the appreciation for his efforts was being placed on record by both his team-mates and the fans.
The following campaign of 2013/14 was a tough one for both the player and club. With the departure