Manchester United legend Michael Carrick ended his Premier League career at Old Trafford yesterday, bowing out a hero at the club.
Carrick spent 12 incredibly successful years at United, having signed from Tottenham in 2006. The former England midfielder played in some of Sir Alex Ferguson’s great teams, winning five Premier League titles, an FA Cup, the Champions League and three EFL League Cups. He may yet win another FA Cup if United can beat Chelsea at Wembley.
He’s played with the best, from Cristiano Ronaldo to Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney. He shielded arguably the greatest centre-back pairing the Premier League has seen in Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.
But there’s one player he’s singled out as the greatest he played alongside. And it isn’t all that surprising.
He picked the mighty Paul Scholes.
“I still think I’m just fortunate to have seen him train every day and having the best seat in the house, stood next to him passing the ball and seeing what he could do with it,” he told ESPN FC.
“It was just outrageous how good he was. I could pick 10-15 players that I played with over the years, Ronaldo, Wazza [Rooney], Rio [Ferdinand], Giggsy, Gaz Nev, he was an unbelievable full-back, unbelievable captain. But Scholesy just nicks it.”
He was never a prolific goalscorer, but one of Carrick’s most memorable nights in football came back in 2007, when he netted twice in the 7-1 demolition of Roma.
“That was right up there as one of the most special nights,” Carrick said of that game. “It summed up those early years at United — the speed, the intensity, the quality of football was too much for Roma to cope with, but we kind of surprised ourselves, I think.”
Good luck to the lad in his impending retirement.