Michael Carrick Reveals His Favourite All-Time Manchester United Teammate
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick eventually came to a definitive decision when he was asked to pick his favourite United teammate over the years.
After arriving for a reported £18.6 million from Spurs in 2006, the classy central midfielder has gone on to make 463 appearances for the club, winning one FA Cup, one Champions League, three League Cups and five Premier League titles.
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While there is always the feeling he was underrated in his career, Carrick will retire a huge fan favourite at Old Trafford.
In his 12 years of his service, he played alongside a slew of the club's greatest ever players. He singled out the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs, Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney for big praise but stressed that his former midfield partner Paul Scholes, who score over 150 goals for the club, will always be his favourite colleague.
"Scholesy. Giggsy. Wayne. Cristiano. How do you pick between them? Giggsy, wow, incredible footballer. To understand how he played the game was frightening. And Cristiano. Unbelievable," Carrick said in an interview with The Times.
"Wazza (Rooney) was ridiculously good, especially when he was younger, one of the best I've seen. He was unbelievable. Rio [Ferdinand] and Vida (Nemanja Vidic) too. All different players. But I have to say Scholesy because he was right next door to me every game. I loved playing alongside Scholesy."
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Scholes had two retirements at United, coming back midway through the 2011/12 season after previously calling it quits.
Carrick, now 36, is calling it a day following heart problems which have reduced him to just four appearances this season, but will move straight into a coaching role in Jose Mourinho's backroom staff.
He has already started the process and played his part in the second half derby comeback over Manchester City on 7 April with his instructions to Paul Pogba.
When the opportunity was brought up, the former England international didn't have to hesitate.
"I didn't even have to think about it,' Carrick added. 'It was a total no-brainer. Working with Jose. I'm genuinely looking around and thinking 'not many lads would get that opportunity so quick'".
'It's an unbelievable opportunity to learn off somebody like Jose who has been everywhere and won everywhere. He's got something very special. He's a winner. He's got that drive to succeed."
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