Being the friend of a footballer must be pretty good. You could hang onto their coattails into great parties and get free tickets to the best matches. But apparently Michael Carrick's mates aren't too bothered about all of that.

Michael Carrick is so often referred to as the most underrated footballer in England that you start to think that he's got to the point he's England's most overrated player, or at least rated the right amount!

The Manchester United midfielder has had quite the career, especially at Old Trafford, and has picked up five Premier League titles, an FA Cup, two League Cups and the Champions League since 2006.

Carrick lifts the Champions League trophy, Image: PA

He's become such an integral part of United's first team since his move from Spurs that every time he's been out of the team the Red Devils have found it near impossible to replace him.

So you'd have thought being such an important players in one of the biggest football teams on the planet would make him rather a big deal within his friendship group but you'd be wrong.

Carrick, talking to BBC Radio 5 Live, revealed a phone call he revieved from his mate before a Champions League last 16 game against Real Madrid in 2013:

"They're rugby lads, so they kind of watch football, but they don't watch football if you know what I mean. They're not football fans. This sums it up - it was 2013, it was about quarter to seven. I was on the team coach and my phone rang, and I couldn't answer it because I was on my way to the game.

"So I've text him back and he's gone: 'Call me. Call me.' So, I've quickly rang him on the sly on the bus, and I hate doing that.

"He went: 'How're you doing? What's happening?' I'm like: 'What do you want?'

"He went: 'Ah nothing, I'm just seeing what's going on?' I said: 'I'm just pulling into the Bernabeu, we've got Real Madrid in the Champions League.'

"He went: 'Oh right, OK, good luck then.' He didn't have any clue we were playing.

"Like, they obviously support me 100 per cent, but the fact he didn't really know what was going on was fantastic."

Carrick was a big part of United's successful EFL Cup campaign and is still very important to them. Image: PA.

The 35 year old has started 18 league games for Mourinho's team this season and will have his testimonial on June 4th, the day after the Champions League final, but it is not yet known if he'll sign a new deal for next season.

Whether he leaves United in the summer or not his mates presumably won't have a clue!

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

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