Michael Carrick (born 28 July 1981) is an English professional footballer who plays for Manchester United and the England national team. He is vice-captain of Manchester United. Carrick primarily plays as a central midfielder, but he has been used as an emergency centre-back under Alex Ferguson, David Moyes and Louis van Gaal. At the time of his move to Manchester United, distinctive features of his play included his inventive distribution of the ball along with his passing and crossing abilities.

Carrick began his career at West Ham United, joining the youth team in 1997 and winning the FA Youth Cup two years later. He was sent on loan twice during his debut season, to Swindon Town and Birmingham City, before securing a place in the first team by the 2000โ€“01 season. He experienced relegation in the 2002โ€“03 season and was voted into the PFA First Division Team of the Year in the following campaign. He made more than 150 appearances for the Hammers, but in 2004, he moved to rival London club Tottenham Hotspur for a fee believed to be ยฃ3.5ย million. He scored twice in 75 appearances, before moving to Manchester United in 2006 for ยฃ18ย million.

From his debut onwards he was a regular in the Manchester United first team, making more than 50 appearances in his first season with them. He established himself as a key member of the team that won the Premier League in 2006โ€“07, their first title success in four years. The following season he was part of the side that won the 2008 Champions League final, playing the full 120 minutes as they enjoyed a 6โ€“5 penalty shootout win, with Carrick converting his spot kick, to help achieve the European Double. He enjoyed a third consecutive title triumph in the 2008โ€“09 campaign, but was unable to prevent a Champions League final defeat to Barcelona. He won his first League Cup medal in 2010, but, for the first time during his Manchester United career, he missed out on another title success as they finished runners-up to Chelsea. Since then though, he has won two further league championships and four FA Community Shields. In 2016, Carrick won the FA Cup to complete his collection of every domestic honour in the English game.

Carrick has represented England at under-18, under-21, B and senior levels. He made his England debut in 2001 and has since gained 31 caps but has yet to score an international goal. Carrick has often been overlooked during his England career, with Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes, Gareth Barry and for a brief time Scott Parker preferred in his position. This was the case until the 2012โ€“13 season, when Carrick established himself as a regular. He has been a member of the England squads for two major tournaments, the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.

Early life

Carrick was born to Vince and Lynn Carrick in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, and first became involved in football when he was five years old. A boyhood fan of Newcastle United, he played five-a-side football with Wallsend Boys Club on Saturday nights, courtesy of his father's volunteer work at the club. Football became more serious for him at the age of 12 when he was selected for Burnside High School and later on North Tyneside Schools. While playing for Wallsend Boys' Club under 16s, he was capped for the England Boys' club side. At the age of 13, Carrick was profiled by the BBC children's programme Live & Kicking episode 49, which aired on 4 February 1995. During his school years, and the years up until his move to West Ham United, Carrick actually played as a centre-forward; it was only at West Ham that he started to play more often as a midfielder. He studied at Wallsend's Western Middle School and Burnside Community High School, completing his GCSE exams in 1997.

Club career

West Ham United

Carrick was part of the West Ham United youth squad that won the FA Youth Cup in the 1998โ€“99 season. He scored twice in their two-legged 9โ€“0 record final victory over Coventry City. According to his manager at the time, Harry Redknapp, Carrick's difficulty at the start of his career was mainly physical and he lost almost two seasons to injuries because of his rapid growth. He made his debut for West Ham in a 1โ€“1 away draw with Jokerit in the Intertoto Cup on 24 July 1999. His league debut came five weeks later on 28 August, when he replaced Rio Ferdinand in a 3โ€“0 victory over Bradford City at Valley Parade. In November 1999, Carrick was sent on a one-month loan to Swindon Town and made his first appearance for them in a 0โ€“0 draw at home with Norwich City. He scored his first ever professional career goal in a 2โ€“1 defeat at home to Charlton Athletic on 23 November. He scored once more during his loan spell, netting in a 1โ€“1 draw at home to Walsall on 4 December. Although he impressed during his spell he could not help the team find a much-needed win during his 6 outings, playing his final game for them in a 3โ€“0 defeat at Manchester City on 18 December. In February 2000 he was sent on loan again, this time to Birmingham City, making just two appearances for the Blues. Carrick returned to Upton Park and scored his first goal for West Ham United, netting the first in a 5โ€“0 home win over Coventry City on 22 April. During his first season he was voted as West Ham United's Young Player of the Year.

"It is frustrating for me when I see the quality of players who have left the club in the last six or seven months. I knew players were going to leave when we suffered relegation, but it's weird for me now because the whole club seems to be different."

โ€“ Carrick on his frustration with many West Ham stars leaving the club following their relegation from the Premiership in 2003

Carrick made his West Ham breakthrough in the 2000โ€“01 season, playing 41 games in all competitions which included 33 games in the league. His only goal of the season came in a 1โ€“1 home draw against Aston Villa on 9 December 2000. Carrick was awarded a new, improved contract for his progress that would keep him at Upton Park until 2005. On 20 April 2001, he was nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year alongside team-mate Joe Cole. The award was eventually won by Liverpool's midfielder Steven Gerrard on 29 April. For the second successive season Carrick was voted as West Ham's Young Player of the Year. The 2001โ€“02 season saw Carrick make 32 appearances for the Hammers. Carrick scored twice during this season, his first was West Ham's only goal in a 7โ€“1 loss at Blackburn Rovers on 14 October. He scored the first goal in a 2โ€“1 victory over rivals Chelsea ten days later. Towards the end of the season, Carrick suffered a recurrence of a groin injury which ruled him out of the 2002 FIFA World Cup for the England squad.

The 2002โ€“03 season was one to forget for Carrick, as West Ham were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the campaign, with Carrick playing his last game of the season in a 2โ€“0 victory over Sunderland on 22 March 2003. Rather than leave the club like team-mates Joe Cole, Frรฉdรฉric Kanoutรฉ and Jermain Defoe, Carrick stayed with West Ham during their first season back in First Division. During the 2003โ€“04 season, West Ham finished fourth on the final day to ensure a place in the play-offs. However, they lost 1โ€“0 in the final to Crystal Palace and were denied a return to the top flight. Carrick was included in the PFA First Division Team of the Year for the season.

Tottenham Hotspur

After one season outside the Premier League, Carrick felt compelled to leave the First Division, saying: "the truth is I didn't feel I could play First Division football much longer." He was linked with moves to a number of teams including Portsmouth, Arsenal, Everton, West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace before Tottenham Hotspur emerged as front-runners to sign him. On 20 August, a deal was agreed between West Ham and Tottenham for the transfer of Carrick subject to a medical. Four days later, the transfer was official as Carrick joined the club for around ยฃ3.5ย million after the passing of a medical. He made a goalscoring appearance for the Tottenham reserves, but his first team debut for the club was delayed after suffering an injury setback on 14 September. Carrick was assigned the number 23 shirt and made his Tottenham debut on 18 October as a substitute in a 1โ€“0 defeat at Portsmouth.

Despite being fit he was often overlooked by then-manager Jacques Santini. It was unclear as to whether Santini really wanted him at all as there was much media speculation that Carrick was bought by Tottenham's Director of Football Frank Arnesen rather than Santini. However, following the departure of Santini and the appointment of new manager Martin Jol he soon emerged as a regular starter in midfield. His first full start for Tottenham was also Jol's first game in charge of the club away to Burnley in the League Cup on 9 November. During the game he assisted a goal for Robbie Keane as they went on to win 3โ€“0. On 18 December, he produced a display which was influential in helping Tottenham to a 5โ€“1 win at home over Southampton. Carrick subsequently ended 2004โ€“05 season with 29 league appearances but failed to score as they finished the table in 9th and missed out on a UEFA Cup spot.

On 3 December 2005, Carrick scored his first Tottenham goal as he netted the winner in a 3โ€“2 home win over Sunderland. He scored his second goal for the club on 8 April 2006 in a 2โ€“1 win at home over Manchester City. On 22 April, Carrick was lauded for his performance which helped Tottenham to a 1โ€“1 away draw in the North London derby against Arsenal. On 7 May, Carrick was one of 10 Tottenham players who fell ill at a hotel just before their final game of the season away to West Ham as the players suffered from apparent food poisoning. He managed to play in the game but lasted just 63 minutes in the 2โ€“1 defeat to his former club. As a result of the loss rivals Arsenal beat them to fourth place in the league and the spot for the Champions League. He made more crosses and more passes than any other Tottenham player during the 2005โ€“06 season, and along with Mido was joint top in assists.

Manchester United


On 10 June, Tottenham revealed they had rejected a bid from Manchester United for Carrick, who was seen by their manager Sir Alex Ferguson as a replacement for the departed Roy Keane, the former club captain. The following day, Tottenham manager Martin Jol insisted Carrick would be staying with the club, stating "I don't want to lose a player like Michael, who was probably our best midfielder last season". On 28 July, Tottenham announced that the clubs agreed a deal for the transfer of Carrick to Manchester United. Three days later, the transfer was official as personal terms were agreed with Carrick. Despite agreeing a deal for the player the previous week โ€“ the fee was not made public until Spurs issued a statement to the stock exchange. Manchester United's chief executive David Gill confirmed the transfer fee as ยฃ14ย million, potentially rising to ยฃ18.6ย million, which would make Carrick the sixth most expensive player acquired by Manchester United at the time. He was given the number 16 shirt, previously worn by Keane.

He made his debut for the club on 4 August in a 3โ€“1 pre-season friendly win over Porto in the Amsterdam Tournament. The following day, Carrick was forced to miss the start of the 2006โ€“07 season as a result of injuring his foot during the final tournament match against Ajax. Following his recovery from this injury he made his competitive debut on 23 August in a 3โ€“0 away league win over Charlton Athletic. Three days later, he made his first start for the club in a 2โ€“1 win away over Watford. Towards the end of December he missed two games as he suffered a minor injury. He returned in time to feature in United's final game of 2006, a 3โ€“2 home win over Reading on 30 December. On 13 January 2007, Carrick scored his first Manchester United goal in a 3โ€“1 win at home over Aston Villa. One month later, he scored his first ever FA Cup goal in a 1โ€“1 draw at home to Reading on 17 February. He followed this up by contributing one of United's goals in a 4โ€“1 home win over Blackburn Rovers on 31 March. Carrick scored his first-ever Champions League goals on 10 April, scoring twice in a 7โ€“1 home win over Roma in their quarter-final second leg tie. They would go on to lose their semi-final tie 5โ€“3 on aggregate to eventual champions A.C. Milan ending their hopes of an all English final with Liverpool. He scored his final goal of the season in a 2โ€“0 win at home over Sheffield United on 17 April. His first season with Manchester United ended in success, as they won the Premier League title as a result of Chelsea's 1โ€“1 draw with Arsenal on 6 May.

Carrick suffered an injury setback in October 2007 after breaking his elbow in a 1โ€“0 home win over Roma in the Champions League group stage. As a result of the injury he would be out of action for up to six weeks. His return to action came on 3 November as a substitute for Anderson in a 2โ€“2 draw at Arsenal. Carrick scored his first goal of the season on 10 February 2008 in the Manchester derby, his goal came in injury time and was mere consolation in a 2โ€“1 home loss to rivals Manchester City. His second and final goal of the season came against his former club West Ham United in a 4โ€“1 win at home on 3 May. Although he scored just two league goals that season it still led to another league title as United beat Wigan Athletic on the final day of the season to prevent Chelsea from reaching the top spot. On 18 April, one week on from their title success Carrick was offered a new five-year contract along with defenders Rio Ferdinand and Wes Brown. A four-year contract was then signed on 18 May which ties Carrick to United until at least June 2012. He participated in his first-ever Champions League final on 21 May in Moscow, playing the full 120 minutes in a 6โ€“5 penalty shootout win over Chelsea in the 2008 final. The scoreline ended 1โ€“1 after extra time, he took United's second penalty of the subsequent shootout which he converted to help give him the first European honour of his career.


During United's first league game of the 2008โ€“09 season at home to Newcastle United, Carrick was substituted after just 25 minutes as a result of an injured ankle in the 1โ€“1 draw. The following day, it was confirmed he would be out for up to three weeks which ruled him out of the UEFA Super Cup match against Zenit St. Petersburg on 29 August. His return to action came on 13 September in a 2โ€“1 away loss to Liverpool, he was taken off at half-time during after sustaining another injury. Three days later, it was revealed he would be out for up to six weeks after breaking a bone in his foot during a challenge with Yossi Benayoun. On 1 November, Carrick scored his first goal of the season in a 4โ€“3 home win over Hull City. His second goal followed two weeks later in a 5โ€“0 home win over Stoke City. His first goal of 2009 came on 22 April as he scored late on in a 2โ€“0 home win over Portsmouth. On 13 May, he assisted Carlos Tevez and then scored a late winner in a 2โ€“1 win away to Wigan. The goal was Carrick's first for United away from home and meant that they only needed one point from their final two games to gain a third successive Premier League title. Carrick ensured a third title in three years with United as they drew with Arsenal 0โ€“0 at home on 18 May to claim an 18th overall English title. On 27 May, Carrick played the full match in the 2009 Champions League Final in a 2โ€“0 defeat by Barcelona. This defeat was described by Carrick as worst night of his career as he said "the game just seemed to pass us by and we were unable to do anything about it. I suppose when you look at the big picture, it was still another Champions League final".

On 30 September, Carrick scored his first goal of the 2009โ€“10 season with the decisive goal against German champions Wolfsburg in a 2โ€“1 Champions League win at home. Two months later he scored his first league goal of the season, scoring the second of a 3โ€“0 home win over Everton. Due to a defensive crisis during December, Carrick had to fill in at centre back since Gary Neville, himself being played out of position, picked up an injury against West Ham United in a 4โ€“0 away win. Carrick had never before played in defence during his career but manager Sir Alex Ferguson was very pleased with his contribution. On 8 December, he played in defence again by playing in a three-man defence alongside central-midfielder Darren Fletcher and regular left-back Patrice Evra in a 3โ€“1 away win against Wolfsburg in the Champions League. His third goal of the season came on 30 December in a 5โ€“0 home league win over Wigan Athletic in what was United's last game of the decade. On 25 January 2010, Carrick scored the first-ever League Cup goal of his career in a 4โ€“3 aggregate win over rivals Manchester City in the second leg of their semi-final tie. On 6 February, Carrick scored in a 5โ€“0 home win over Portsmouth but it was credited as a Richard Hughes own goal following the game. However, the Dubious Goals Panel officially awarded Carrick the goal on 26 May following a review. On 16 February, he was sent off for the first time in his career after seeing two yellow cards in United's 3โ€“2 win over A.C. Milan at the San Siro. The midfielder was shown a second yellow card in injury-time after flicking the ball away following Patrice Evra's foul on Alexandre Pato. Carrick played the entire game of the 2010 League Cup Final against Aston Villa, which United won 2โ€“1 resulting in his first League Cup medal. This was the first season of his United career that would end without winning the league title as Chelsea claimed the crown by a single point on the final day of the season.


On 6 August, it was announced that Carrick would miss the start of the 2010โ€“11 season as a result of an ankle injury sustained in United's final pre-season game against a League of Ireland XI. However, two days later, he played 79 minutes of United's 3โ€“1 victory over Chelsea in the 2010 Community Shield. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson claimed, "He came in yesterday, says he was fit, wanted to train, trained, and wanted to play." On 3 March 2011, he signed a new three-year deal keeping him at the club until the end of the 2013โ€“14 season. Carrick's first significant display of the season came in a 1โ€“0 away win over Chelsea in the Champions League on 6 April. He played a vital pass in the move which led to Wayne Rooney's goal and was praised for his performance.

At the start of the 2011โ€“12 season, Carrick for the second season in a row was a shock starter at Wembley for the 2011 FA Community Shield. After initially being ruled out through injury by Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson in the pre-match build up, Carrick was named in the starting eleven for the game on 7 August 2011. In the first half, United fell behind to a Joleon Lescott header and a long range Edin Dลพeko strike to trail 2โ€“0 at half time. Carrick was then substituted at the interval and replaced by youngster Tom Cleverley. However United went on to turn the game around and prevail 3โ€“2 winners. The day after the Shield match, Carrick pulled out of England's friendly match against the Netherlands to rest a niggling injury. He was replaced in the squad by Tom Cleverley. On 18 December, Carrick scored his first goal for United for 70 games when he advanced from his own half of the pitch after cutting out Joey Barton's square ball, past a couple of defenders and firing low past the keeper. He eventually won the Man of the Match award. On 8 January, Carrick played his 250th match for Manchester United in all competitions. He celebrated his Jubilee in a 3โ€“2 away victory against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in the FA Cup third round. On 14 January, Carrick scored for Manchester United in a 3โ€“0 home win against Bolton. In the 83rd minute, Carrick notched his first goal at Old Trafford since January 2010. He curled a left-footed effort past รdรกm Bogdรกn into the bottom corner. On 16 February, in a Europa League 2โ€“0 away win against Ajax at the Amsterdam Arena, Carrick played his 500th match in all competitions. Carrick also showed his class when he thundered a shot from 30 yards against the post in a 2โ€“0 win against QPR.


As a result of a defensive injury crisis at the club, Carrick started the 2012โ€“13 season as a makeshift centre-back. His inexperience in the role was exploited by Everton in the season opener, as Marouane Fellaini beat him to a corner kick to score the only goal of the game. He continued in the role for the next match against Fulham. He scored his first goal of the season in a 1โ€“0 Champions League victory against Galatasaray, after series of ball movement leading to Michael Carrick rounding the goalkeeper to score with his left foot. On 24 November, Carrick was left out the squad that defeated Queens Park Rangers 3โ€“1, ending his run of 33 consecutive league starts.

April 2013 saw Carrick nominated for the PFA Player of the Year Award for his performances during the season with Manchester United. Arsenal manager Arsรจne Wenger said Carrick would be his personal choice for the award, "He is a quality passer. He could play for Barcelona, he would be perfectly suited to their game. He has a good vision and is an intelligent player." Tottenham winger Gareth Bale was ultimately voted as the winner; Carrick was, however, included in the PFA Team of the Year for the 2012โ€“13 season. Carrick went on to be announced as Manchester United's Players' Player of the Year for the 2012/13 season.

On 22 November 2013, Manchester United announced that Carrick had signed a contract extension until 2015, with the option to extend for a further year. In the 2013โ€“14 season, Carrick struggled to retain his previous season's form, as Manchester United struggled generally under new manager David Moyes. His season was not helped by a persistent achilles problem that kept him out from November until December, whilst new signings in midfield such as Marouane Fellaini had failed to perform. In February, Carrick was criticized by former club captain Roy Keane for what Keane thought was a poor interview. Although he made a total of 42 appearances in all competitions that season, there was speculation over whether Carrick had a future at Manchester United.

2014โ€“15 season

In July 2014, Carrick suffered an injury during a pre-season training session that was expected to keep him out for 12 weeks. Carrick's first game back from injury came at the 1โ€“0 defeat against Manchester City on 2 November 2014, where he came on as a replacement centre back following Chris Smalling's dismissal. After Marcos Rojo suffered a dislocated shoulder in the same match, Carrick stated that he would be happy to play as a makeshift centre back. After Carrick returned to the starting line-up on a regular basis, Match of the Day 2 pundit Dietmar Hamann attributed some of Manchester United's improved form to Carrick's return in December, after the club had won all of the six games that he had started. Sir Alex Ferguson stated that he thought Carrick was the best English player in an interview with BT Sport in December 2014, shortly after Carrick had been named as Manchester United's new vice-captain by Louis van Gaal.

On 15 March 2015, he provided an assist for Marouane Fellaini's goal, and scored his first goal in more than a year during a 3โ€“0 victory against his former club Tottenham Hotspur. On 20 March 2015, Carrick signed a new one-year extension to his contract, lengthening his Manchester United career to 10 seasons.

International career

Carrick was capped by the England national under-18 and under-21 teams before receiving his first call-up to the senior team in Sven-Gรถran Eriksson's first game in charge of England in February 2001. Despite being named in the 31-man squad to face Spain, he was an unused substitute in England's 3โ€“0 victory on 28 February. Three months later he made his England debut, replacing David Beckham as a second-half substitute in a 4โ€“0 friendly win over Mexico. His full debut came during their 2โ€“1 victory over the United States on 28 May 2005. Three days later Carrick started again in a 3โ€“2 victory over Colombia in the final game of their tour of the United States.

On 8 May 2006, Eriksson named Carrick in a 23-man provisional squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, eventually being named in the final 23-man squad for the tournament in Germany. He was an unused substitute for all three of England's Group B games as they advanced to the knockout stage. Carrick played just one game in the tournament, a 1โ€“0 victory in the second round match against Ecuador on 25 June. The next game he was dropped to the bench for the quarter-final tie against Portugal, with Owen Hargreaves replacing him. The game ended goalless after extra-time, Portugal won 3โ€“1 in the subsequent penalty shootout and knocked England out of the World Cup.

Carrick had been regularly overlooked by various England managers when it came to the central roles, with Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard generally being preferred. He started nine games under Sven-Gรถran Eriksson and his successor Steve McClaren. His last appearance under McClaren was in a 2โ€“1 defeat at home to Germany in August 2007. Newly appointed manager Fabio Capello left Carrick out of his first England squad on 2 February 2008. During Capello's first year in charge of England Carrick was largely overlooked. However, he was named in Capello's squad for the game against the Czech Republic, but was forced to withdraw after sustaining an injury during Manchester United's game with Newcastle United. In November 2008 he returned to the squad for a friendly against Germany in Berlin. Starting alongside Gareth Barry in central midfield in England's 2โ€“1 victory and was named by at least two sources as Man of the Match.

Despite playing just one game during England's 2010 World Cup qualification campaign, he was named in Capello's 30-man preliminary squad for the 2010 World Cup on 11 May 2010. He played 61 minutes of their 3โ€“1 warm-up friendly win over Mexico before being replaced by Tom Huddlestone. On 2 June, Carrick was then named in the final 23-man squad to fly to South Africa for the tournament, before being given the squad number 22. During the World Cup Carrick failed to make it onto the pitch, remaining an unused member of the squad. England were eventually knocked out of the tournament as they lost 4โ€“1 to Germany in their second round tie on 27 June.

On 6 August, Alex Ferguson claimed Carrick would be out for two weeks with an ankle injury and would miss England's friendly against Hungary the following Wednesday. Capello left Carrick out of the subsequent England squad only to arrive at Wembley and see him play 79 minutes of the Community Shield match. Capello made a 'call me' sign as Carrick walked past his seat to collect the winner's medal.

In May 2012, England manager Roy Hodgson said he left Carrick out of the 23-man squad and the standby list for the 2012 UEFA European Championships because he had previously told The Football Association that he did not want to be a bit-part player, although he could help the team "in extremis". On 10 August, Carrick was recalled to the England squad by Hodgson for a friendly match against Italy on 15 August. He played the full 90 minutes in the 2โ€“1 victory over the Azzurri in Switzerland and also took over the captain's armband from Frank Lampard for the final 20 minutes.

On 7 September 2012, Carrick came on a half-time substitute in England's 5โ€“0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Moldova. He then started against San Marino in another 5โ€“0 win the following month. On 17 October 2012, Carrick partnered Steven Gerrard in central midfield in the away qualifier against Poland. On 26 March 2013, the partnership was renewed in England's qualifier against Montenegro in Podgorica. On 15 October 2013, Carrick started in England's final qualifier, a 2โ€“0 home win against Poland, as the team qualified for the 2014 World Cup.

On 12 May 2014, Carrick was named on England's standby list for the 2014 FIFA World Cup after being omitted from the main 23-man squad travelling to Brazil.

Having not appeared since 2013, Carrick was named in the squad for the November 2014 matches with Slovenia and Scotland. However, on 12 November, he pulled out of the squad after sustaining a groin injury. On 27 March 2015, Carrick made his first appearance for England in 17 months, starting the 4โ€“0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying defeat of Lithuania at Wembley Stadium. On 31 March 2015, Carrick made his 33rd appearance for the national team as a substitute for Manchester United team-mate and defender Chris Smalling, performing impressively to help England earn a draw against Italy in an international friendly match.

Style of play

"Carrick gives United balance and can play defensively too. He passes well, has a good shot and is a complete player."

โ€“ Spanish midfielder Xavi Hernรกndez on Carrick

Despite playing as a deep-lying midfielder, Carrick does not rely on pace, physical attributes and tackling like a typical ball-winning midfielder. Instead, his reading of the game helps him anticipate any attacking threats from the opposition team, most of the time by covering space and making interceptions. His distribution of the ball, creativity, and range of passing, which are among the best in comparison to other midfielders in Europe, add to his importance in dictating the tempo of the game, as well as initiating team attacks.

After his arrival in 2006, Carrick formed an effective partnership with Paul Scholes, with Carrick playing in a holding role and Scholes as a deep playmaker. This midfield partnership massively contributed to a change towards a continental playing style embraced by manager Alex Ferguson and assistant Carlos Queiroz, which relied on passing and keeping possession in contrast to the more traditionally direct and all-action style of English football. His unassuming style, however, has also led to a lack of attention from successive England national football team managers in favour of all-action midfielders such as Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, a fact noted by Carrick's club and national team captain Wayne Rooney.

Carrick's intelligence and awareness have been highlighted by former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, who labelled him his "trainer coach during the game". Furthermore, his importance to the team performance has constantly been praised by former team-mates Gary Neville and Paul Scholes, as well as European peers Xavi and Xabi Alonso.

Personal life

Carrick has one brother, Graeme, who is four years younger. He was also at West Ham United but suffered several injuries, and has completed an MSc in Sport Coaching is currently an FA Regional Coach Mentor (North East & Yorkshire) after 7 years as an FA Skills Coach and a spell Coaching at Team Northumbria F.C., after previously working at the Newcastle United Academy coaching the under-10s and under-16s. Carrick married Lisa Roughead, a Pilates instructor with a business degree, in Wymondham, Leicestershire on 16 June 2007. The couple started dating when they were both at school, and have a daughter, Louise, and a son, Jacey.

Career statistics


Statistics accurate as of match played 21 May 2016

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueFA CupLeague CupEuropeOtherTotal
West Ham United1999โ€“2000Premier League810000โ€”1091
2003โ€“04First Division3514010โ€”30431
Swindon Town (loan)1999โ€“2000First Division620000โ€”โ€”62
Birmingham City (loan)200000โ€”โ€”20
Tottenham Hotspur2004โ€“05Premier League2906030โ€”โ€”380
Manchester United2006โ€“07Premier League3337100122โ€”526
Career total4992749125179412066433
  1. Includes other competitive competitions, including the Football League Championship play-offs, FA Community Shield, UEFA Intertoto Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup


Statistics accurate as of match played 13 November 2015

England senior team



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