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Michael Carrick


Michael Carrick retired from playing at the end of the 2017/18 season, bringing the curtain down on one of the most distinguished football careers in the modern era.

The deep-lying midfielder had been named Manchester United club captain in his final campaign, following Wayne Rooney’s departure in the summer of 2017, and before that he was rewarded by the club for his services with a testimonial. Carrick was a pivotal cog in the United machine for over a decade, following his arrival from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006. A lynchpin of the Reds’ engine room, he dictated play with his considered, refined style. During his debut campaign of 2006/07, he carved out a formidable partnership with Paul Scholes and began to mature into one of English football’s most sophisticated and classy passing midfielders, quickly bagging the maiden honour of his professional career with the Premier League title. A calming influence and the master of the interception, Carrick went on to become a fixture in United’s side for seasons to come, even filling in at centre-back at times, illustrating his versatility. The 2012/13 campaign was probably his finest in the red shirt as, alongside Robin van Persie, United’s no.16 was the crux of the club’s 20th league triumph. Carrick’s contribution occasionally stretched to spectacular goalscoring; however, in his primary role of screening the defence and probing well-drilled opposing ranks, he excelled and was rewarded with the Players’ Player of the Year award. In the seasons since, following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement from management, Carrick experienced a few difficult years with injuries, but when fit and called upon he continued to show United fans his undying class and commitment to the United cause. In November 2017, Carrick revealed he had been experiencing an irregular heart rhythm which had required a medical procedure and had kept him out of action. Still an influential figure in the dressing room, he returned to the line-up in the early months of 2018 and completed 90 minutes in the Emirates FA Cup victories away to Yeovil and Huddersfield Town. He also came on as a substitute during a narrow Premier League defeat at his hometown team Newcastle United. On 12 March 2018, the long-serving midfielder confirmed he would retire from playing and added that a role on Jose Mourinho's backroom staff would be his likely next step. In preparation for this, he started to sit among the coaches on first-team matchdays and he duly took up his new coaching role in pre-season ahead of the 2018/19 season.

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The reasons behind my autobiography Article

Michael Carrick explains exactly why he wrote his book, 'Between The Lines', which hits the shelves on 18 October.

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Carrick praises United character Article

Michael Carrick admits he's loving life as a coach, after the Reds' win at Watford.

Michael Carrick at the Aon Training Complex.

Heard about Carrick's autobiography? Article

'Between The Lines' will be released in October and all profits will go to the Michael Carrick Foundation.

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23 August 2006: Carrick's debut
Michael Carrick says

"I played about 15 minutes against Charlton. We were 1-0 up when I came on and ended up winning 3-0, so it was a good start!"

An impressive bench 👌
Paul Scholes says

"Ronny won't be happy on the bench - he can be joined by Rooney, Tevez and Carrick. I'll need a bit of defensive cover too, so I've got Butt and Neville, with Stam as well."

Players waving to the fans.

It’s 89 days since we were last at Old Trafford to see United. The World Cup filled the void for a few weeks but there’s nothing to compare to watching the Reds in the flesh.

Sir Alex Ferguson with Michael Carrick.

On this day in 2006, Michael Carrick joined United from Spurs and went on to score 24 goals in 464 appearances, winning 11 major trophies along the way.

Marcus Rashford in training during Tour 2017.
Michael Carrick says

"The great thing about Marcus is, whenever there's a stepping stone in front of him, he rises to it and his game jumps to the next level. I'm sure he'll continue to do that."

Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring for United.
Michael Carrick says

"There's a lot more to come from Marcus. He's still so young but with his experience of the game, over time, obviously he's going to be a real star."

Jesse Lingard smiles during an England press conference

'The way Jesse plays is unique' Article

Michael Carrick explains why Jesse Lingard has always had the attributes to succeed at the highest level.

Michael Carrick on Jesse Lingard says

"He senses where the space is and how to use it. I wouldn’t necessarily say he's a dribbler with skills and tricks but he's dynamic. He is unique in some ways."

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