Gone but never forgotten. Michael Carrick’s retirement have thrown an enormous challenge to the Manchester United hierarchy as it would be very difficult to fill his void.
The midfielder played the last match of his football career against Watford in the Premier League as he decided to hang up his boots from all kind of football.
The 36 year old will now be seen on the touchline as Jose Mourinho has inducted him in his coaching team. The former English international had an illustrated career with the Red Devils since joining them in 2006 from Tottenham Hotspur and went on to win 12 trophies which also includes five Premier League and one Champions League.
A magnanimous character on the pitch, Carrick has rewritten the deep lying playmaker role. Having been at the club for more than 12 years, the 36 year old’s contribution to this beautiful game can be a leading example for the next generation players. A man of few words, Carrick is regarded amongst the nicest players on and off the field.
The Englishman came through the West Ham United academy and made more than 130 appearances for the senior side.
Carrick then moved to another London side Tottenham Hotspur in 2004 and after a couple of brief stints Sir Alex Ferguson brought the player to Old Trafford which marked his entry to the big league. Over the years he had cemented his place his in the starting lineup and his calm and composed nature had brought stability to the team.
But it was not easy as following the departure of Roy Keane Ferguson was hunting his successor and the move to bring Carrick was a masterstroke. He was not a usual holding midfielder but his ability to move the ball forward from deep had been an asset for the side. Over a span of twelve long years, Carrick has made more than 300 appearances for the Premier League giants.
In the era of Paul Scholes, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard he maintained his dignity throughout his career and it would be very interesting to see how he fares in the managerial field.