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Michael Carrick | Midfielder | #16

Team: Manchester United
Age / DOB:  (36) / 7/28/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 163

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Michael Carrick bowed out of professional football after a trophy-laden career with a 1-0 win over Watford at Old Trafford.
The game reflected its importance in many ways, with neither side really pushing for victory. Carrick was instrumental in United taking the lead in the first half. His fabulous lobbed pass from his own half took out the whole Watford defence and left Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford alone against Gomes. Mata passed, Rashford finished. At the other end Richarlison was denied by a great save from Romero. The second half saw the pace pick up but no major chances of note. Instead, the highlight was Carrick's substitution for Pogba after 84'. His departure from the field was greeted by a standing ovation and hugs from many United players and staff. He was the last starter remaining of United's '09 Champions League triumph. May 13 - 12:02 PM
Source: BBC Sport

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Manchester United veteran Michael Carrick has confirmed that his playing career will finish at the end of the season.

The Englishman also added that it is "looking likely" that he will take up a coaching role at Old Trafford afterwards. José Mourinho said earlier in the season that he would be happy to have the stalwart join his coaching team next term. Carrick, 36, has played 463 times for the club since arriving from Spurs for £18m in 2006. He won just 34 England caps. "There comes a time when your body tells you it is time to stop. That is where I am at," he said. Carrick's season has been heavily interrupted after he underwent a procedure for an irregular heart rhythm, revealed to the public in November. He has made just four appearances in 2017/18, most recently off the bench against Liverpool on Saturday.
Source: BBC Sport
Mar 13 - 9:53 AM

Michael Carrick has taken to social media platform Twitter to post an update on the reason behind his recent absence from the first team squad.

The veteran midfielder was last seen back in September as an unused substitute at Southampton and his omission over the last two months was believed to be injury related. However, on Friday, Carrick provided a statement via his personal account advising: ‘After feeling strange during the second half of the Burton [Albion] game [in the Carabao Cup] I underwent a series of tests,’ which revealed an irregular heart rhythm. He then underwent a non-surgical procedure to correct the abnormality. There is no timeline on when Carrick will return to action, but he did say that he is ‘training hard with the team’ and hopes to be ‘back in contention for selection soon’.
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 10:27:00 AM

Following the summer exit of Wayne Rooney, Manchester United have named Michael Carrick as the club's new captain.

The 35-year-old midfielder is entering his 12th year at the club, where he has won five Premier League trophies, an FA Cup and a Champions League title since arriving from Spurs in 2006. However, his role is expected to diminish after making 23 league appearances last season with United hopeful of adding a new central midfielder in the next month. Said Carrick: "It feels great. It's such a huge honour to captain such a great club. It's my twelfth year now and I came as a 25-year-old and never thought I could be here this long and be able to achieve so much."
Source: Sky Sports
Wed, Jul 12, 2017 12:59:00 PM

Manchester United manager José Mourinho is keen to sign a defensive midfielder.

Second only to his primary goal of signing a new striker, acquiring a defensive midfielder is high up on Mourinho's priority list. Who they hope to bring to the club is not yet clear. Their league rivals Chelsea appear to be in pole position to sign Monaco's Tiemoue Bakayoko, but United could still attempt to hijack that deal. However, there are reports of definite contact between the two clubs over Bakayoko's teammate Fabinho. However, Monaco are unwilling to sell and will require a handsome sum to relinquish their grasp on the Brazilian right-back who can also play in the hole behind the midfield. If that pursuit fails, Mourinho hasn't ruled out trying to link up Nemanja Matic again. Eric Dier lies at the bottom of the three man list of potential signings.
Tue, Jun 13, 2017 12:57:00 PM

Manchester United's midfield stalwart Michael Carrick has signed a one year extension to his contract which will keep him at Old Trafford until June 2018.

The 35 year old playmaker's contract was due to expire in June, and Carrick had previously suggested that he would hang up his boots if no offer materialised from United. Carrick signed for Alex Ferguson's side from Spurs back in 2006 and has enjoyed a trophy-laden spell at the club since then. The veteran was relegated to a bit-part role in the early stages of José Mourinho's reign this term, making just three PL appearances before December. As United toiled, the manager turned toward Carrick's game management and ball-playing skills to add an edge to the team in possession. The experiment was successful and Carrick nailed down a regular starting role to compliment Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera. Carrick is "delighted" to be staying at the club, while Mourinho similarly expressed that sentiment.
Sun, May 28, 2017 07:42:00 PM

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick suggested that he will consider retiring if not offered a new contract.

The Manchester United midfielder's current contract ends this summer with no indications that he will be offered a new contract. At 35 years old, Carrick has made 12 league appearances for the Red Devils this season. The 11-year veteran said he will engage in talks with manager Jose Mourinho in the near future but hinted that he could retire rather than play for another club: "I probably would say so, yes. I think so. I couldn't say definitely but pretty much...I haven't really had that much of a conversation with him at the moment. Obviously that will happen. It's going to happen at some stage, pretty soon I'd have thought."
Source: Sky Sports
Wed, Mar 8, 2017 05:46:00 PM

Michael Carrick has revealed that he is considering retirement if Manchester United don't offer him a new contract.

Carrick said he would "probably" retire if his deal was not extended beyond the end of the 2016-17 season, citing the fact that he can't see himself playing for anyone else, especially in England. Carrick, 35, has over 400 Man Utd appearances since arriving in July 2006 from Spurs, but he has played a crucial role in the team's recent surge to close the gap on the other members of the Top 6, playing most of his 22 appearances this season in that period. Carrick was also awarded a testimonial by his club this week, which will be played in June.
Source: BBC Sport
Fri, Mar 3, 2017 05:44:00 AM

Michael Carrick is expected to miss the EFL Cup final at Wembley after he was forced off with a calf injury in France.

Carrick was named in the starting XI for Manchester United’s Europa League second leg tie versus Saint-Etienne, but the 35-year-old only lasted an hour before a calf problem ended his evening. Speaking after the game, Jose Mourinho defended his line-up: "You can get hurt when you leave your house, you never know when or where." Mourinho will consider his options ahead of Sunday, but Marouane Fellaini and Bastian Schweinsteiger are two potential replacements. United could also be without Mkhitaryan who limped off with a hamstring injury: "I think Henrikh and Michael are both out," said Mourinho. "But, this is based on my experience, not on my medical knowledge and not based on tests and what they have to do tomorrow."
Thu, Feb 23, 2017 05:10:00 AM

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said he hopes to see Michael Carrick sign a contract extension in the near future.

The veteran midfielder has started the last two Premier League games, earning praise for stabilising the central midfield. After rumors of a potential winter exit with his contract up in the summer, Carrick could now have a future under Mourinho. Said the manager: "He is such a fantastic player and it is a pity, I always loved him, but instead of being his manager when he was 25 I am his manager when he is 35. We have a good understanding. We know when he can play. We know when he is ready and when he needs a rest. I am still having Michael Carrick and probably for one more season."
Source: ESPN
Thu, Nov 24, 2016 05:39:00 AM

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has appeared to be vitally important and an unnecessary indulgence simultaneously for Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho this season.

The stats this season don't lie, when Carrick plays, United have won. Mourinho conceded that his fine cup performances were overlooked purely because of age and fatigue when it came to Premier League selection. However, Utd won their first league game after a Europa Thursday at the 4th attempt in the Swansea game when Carrick played. Carrick's weaknesses are laid to bare when he is played alone in a holding position, then pacey players will circumnavigate him with ease. However, Carrick seems to have won his place in he starting line up vs Arsenal after his fine run, but he needs to perform if he wants to keep his starting xi place and extend his contract at the club. With Fellaini out of GW12, Mourinho looks likely to be starting Herrera, Pogba and Carrick together for the first time, where each covers the other and compliments their weaknesses well.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 09:20:00 AM

Michael Carrick was the star of the show in his first appearance in the Mourinho era as United saw off League One team Northampton Town.

3-1 suggests that United had it easy but in reality it was two unfortunate mistakes Northampton 'keeper Adam Smith which added gloss to the scoreline. Carrick latched on to a rebound from a blocked Rooney free kick to open the scoring - a free they got because Smith picked up a back pass. Daley Blind gave away a penalty just before half time which gave the underdogs a glimmer of hope at 1-1. Herrera returned United to the fore with a crisp low drive in the 67th, assisted by substitute Marcus Rashford, before Rashford himself scored a simple goal unopposed after Smith failed to make a basic clearance.
Source: BBC Sport
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 10:57:00 AM

Juventus has given Paul Pogba permission to have a medical exam ahead of his protracted move to Old Trafford.

It feels like forever that we've been waiting on final confirmation of this deal. From the early rumors that we all wrote off assuming Pogba would end up at Real or Barca to the more recent rumors that both Spanish sides were out of the running and United was more an eventuality. With Juve already having spent the money on Gonzalo Higuain, you knew this was coming and now it finally appears to be headed toward a conclusion as Manchester United prepare to face off with Leicester City in the Community Shield.
Sun, Aug 7, 2016 09:07:00 AM

On Thursday, Manchester United confirmed what was already known across the league: Michael Carrick was coming back.

Carrick turned down offers in Australia and China in order to return to Old Trafford for one more year after signing a contract through the end of the upcoming season. The 34-year-old's previous contract was set to end this summer and there was a bit of uncertainty surrounding his future at the club with Jose Mourinho coming in as the team's new manager. But after making 28 Prmier League appearances this past season, United management decided to keep the veteran to deepen the midfield. This July will mark 10 years with the Red Devils for Carrick.
Fri, Jun 10, 2016 07:26:00 AM

Manchester United's in-house television station, MUTV, has reported that Michael Carrick has signed a one year contract to stay at Old Trafford.

With his health and effectiveness waning, there has been plenty of speculation about Carrick's future. The question of whether he will be staying has now been settled with the signing of his new contract. What is certainly up in the air is how much he will play. Jose Mourinho is surely going to use Morgan Schneiderlin more than Louis Van Gaal did but who partners the Frenchman in holding midfield remains to be seen. Carrick, Schweinsteiger and Fellaini are all candidates but none seem likely to be high on Mourinho's list of options. Look for a new signing unless Mourinho fancies Daley Blind in the role.
Tue, May 31, 2016 10:07:00 AM