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The former England international is regarded as one of the most underrated and under-appreciated midfielders in Premier League history.
Carrick was known for his pinpoint passing from deep and ability to control a game with ease, something manager Sir Alex Ferguson adored.
He was vital to United's Premier League dominance in the mid-2000's as well as their Champions League triumph in 2008.
It was that season Carrick established himself in the Red Devils team and one performance against Newcastle United opened everyone's eyes.
While unspectacular to the untrained eye, Carrick carved Newcastle open in a ruthless 6-0 victory at Old Trafford.
Michael Carrick vs Newcastle 2007-08 pic.twitter.com/cnczJS1O39- MU Scout (@YanitedScout) July 21, 2021
Carrick played the entire 90 minutes and split the Magpies backline regularly.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez all benefitted with by running in behind and scored five goals between them.
Ronaldo grabbed a hat-trick while Tevez notched two, with Rio Ferdinand getting the other.
Carrick was denied a goal himself after seeing a thunderbolt of a strike cleared off the line.
Fans have reacted to Carrick's performance and they're wishing United had a midfielder with his skillset right now.
Maddest part is this was just an average Carrick performance. The best defensive midfielder of all time. https://t.co/wIF8aYDqrD- CarrickEra (back for one last dance) (@CarrickEra) July 22, 2021
Only people who know ball will know how good Carrick was. Champagne player https://t.co/KAbokAzhVr- Sousa (@DAvelino6) July 22, 2021
LOL people use the Scholes Gerrard Lampard debate like Carrick wasn't the best of the lot https://t.co/XSa0Xq3Qus- H:flag_black::flag_black:(Factual account) (@HugoNM31) July 21, 2021
The exact player we need now, Carrick sitting with Bruno & Pogba would be the best midfield in the league. https://t.co/nw0JYiA1ZL- Marc Seymour (@mseymour84) July 21, 2021
If Declan Rice is worth more than £100m the Carrick at the same age should be worth £200m plus! Incredible footballer.- Grobocop (@Tony_Beam1) July 21, 2021
Ferguson made mention of United's passing in the game and why it played such a vital role.
The Scotsman told BBC Sport: "I thought there were too many individuals in the first half. We tried to walk the ball into the net.
"Passing is the key element of our game and once we did that we were fantastic in the second half.
"We relaxed and expressed ourselves. Some of the passing and movement was absolutely outstanding."
A huge part of that will go down to Carrick. Nobody else could compare.
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