By Andrew Hyslop
- Michael Carrick became a Manchester United player on July 31 2006
Michael Carrick joined Manchester United on July 31 2006. Joining from Tottenham Hotspur for an initial fee of £14million, rising to £18.6million with addon-ons. I think we can all agree that was money well spent.
Following the departure of Wayne Rooney to Everton, Carrick has taken over his mantle of longest serving player as well as taking over the club captaincy.
In his eleven years in the red of Manchester United, Carrick has helped the club win twelve major honours including five Premier League titles, one Champions League and a Club World Cup.
Carrick has made 459 appearances for Manchester United, leaving him seventeenth on list of all-time appearances makers for the club.
North-East Boy Moves Down South
Carrick born in Wallsend, he played for the famous Wallsend boys club. His school years saw Carrick playing as a centre-forward and it was only when he joined the West Ham youth academy that he started playing in midfield.
Carrick was part of the West Ham team that won the FA Youth Cup in the 1998/99. His breakthrough into the West Ham first-team would come in the 2000/01 season. Playing 41 games in all competitions for the Hammers.
After making 138 appearances for West Ham, he moved across London to Tottenham in August 2004 for £3.5million.
Frenchman Jacques Santini was the Tottenham manager at the time but Carrick struggled for regular appearances under Santini.
The departure of Santini and appointment of Martin Jol saw Carrick becoming a more regular feature in the Tottenham midfield.
Handed Number 16 Jersey
As well as replacing Keane in the midfield, Carrick was also handed the number 16 jersey famously worn by Keane for more than ten years.
Injury in pre-season meant that Carrick would have to wait for his Manchester United debut. That came on August 23 2006 as a late substitute in a 3-0 defeat of Charlton Athletic at The Valley.
Carrick’s first season at Old Trafford would see the club lift the Premier League trophy and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League.
In the 2006/07 season, Carrick made 52 appearances in all competitions for the club.
Carrick and his team-mates would enjoy double success in the 2007/08 season as they regained the Premier League title and lifted the Champions League trophy.
Carrick was once again an integral part of this success as he made 49 appearances in competitions in the centre of United’s midfield.
Both these success saw them defeating Chelsea. After beating the Londoners to the Premier League crown they came up against Chelsea in the Champions League in Moscow.
The game finished 1-1 after extra-time and we needed a penalty shootout to decide the winner. Carrick played the full 120 minutes and scored United’s second spot-kick as they won the shootout 6-5.
More Success Followed
After winning the Champions League, Manchester United and Carrick entered the Club World Cup the following season.
Success in that competition saw United win three major tournaments in the 2008/09 season. Winning a third successive Premier League crown as well as the League Cup.
Carrick and United went on to win another League Cup the following season and two more Premier League titles in the 2010/11 and 2012/13 season.
The only domestic medal missing from Carrick’s cabinet was the FA Cup and he completed the set as United Crystal Palace to 2-1 to lift the FA Cup at the end of the 2015/16 season.
The 2016/17 season saw Carrick picking up a sixth Community Shield Medal, a third League Winners medal and added the Europa League to his Champions League winners medal.