Testimonial June 5th 2016 v All Stars XI
Michael Carrick became the most expensive player bought by United when he joined the club from Tottenham in July 2006 for a fee of £18.6m. He was worth every penny.
An influential player in United's midfield for over a decade, Carrick relied on his ability to read the game, an innate positional sense, and superb passing skills rather than brute force.
He made his United debut in the Amsterdam Tournament in August 2006, and quickly forged a devestating partnership with Paul Scholes in central midfield. He helped United to the Premier League title in his first season, and has added a further four titles during his time at Old Trafford. He picked up an FA Cup winners' medal in 2016, to go with his three League Cup winners' medals. He has played in three Champion's League Finals, winning in 2008, as well as winning the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup, and the Europa League in 2017.
In his testimonial, a United 2008 XI drew 2-2 with an All Stars team that included Jamie Carragher, John Terry, Clarence Seedorf and Robbie Keane as well as ex United stars Phil Neville and Michael Owen. The game attracted a crowd of 70,027., with the proceeds going to the Michael Carrick Foundation.
United 08' XI: Edwin van der Sar, Wes Brown (Graeme Carrick 62), Nemanja Vidic (Gary Neville 45), Rio Ferdinand (Mikael Silvestre 45), Patrice Evra, Ji-sung Park, Michael Carrick (c), Paul Scholes (Louis Saha 45) Darren Fletcher, Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney (Dimitar Berbatov 45)
Carrick's career began at West Ham, and he was a memeber of their victorious Youth team in 1999. After more than 150 appearances for the 'Hammers', he joined Tottenham in 2004 and made a further 75 senior appearances in two years at White Hart Lane. He has won 34 England caps, as well as representing the country at under-18 and under-21.
Carrick, who signed a one year extension to his contract that will keep him at Old Trafford until the end of the 2017/18 season at least, was made club captain in July 2017 after the departure of Wayne Rooney.
459 appearances (68 as substitute)
Statistics correct to end of 2016/17 season