20 Facts About Michael Carrick

1. Michael Carrick was born on 28 July 1981 and is an English professional football manager and former player who most recently served as the caretaker manager of Manchester United.

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2. Michael Carrick is one of the most decorated English footballers of all time and is best known for his 12-year playing career with Manchester United, whom he captained.

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3. Michael Carrick's playing style was grounded in his passing ability.

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4. From his debut onwards, Michael Carrick was a regular in the Manchester United first team, making more than 50 appearances in his first season with them.

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5. In winning the 2016 FA Cup, Michael Carrick completed his collection of every domestic honour in the English game.

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6. Michael Carrick studied at Wallsend's Western Middle School and Burnside Community High School, completing his GCSE exams in 1997.

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7. Rather than leave the club like teammates Joe Cole, Frederic Kanoute and Jermain Defoe, Michael Carrick stayed with West Ham during their first season back in First Division.

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8. The day after the Shield match, Michael Carrick pulled out of England's friendly match against the Netherlands to rest a niggling injury.

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9. Michael Carrick continued in the role for the next match against Fulham.

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10. April 2013 saw Michael Carrick nominated for the PFA Player of the Year Award for his performances during the season with Manchester United.

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11. In February 2014, Michael Carrick was criticized by former club captain Roy Keane for what Keane thought was a poor interview.

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12. Michael Carrick signed a new one-year contract extension on 9 June 2016.

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13. Michael Carrick became a key member of Jose Mourinho's team and his performances were highly recognised for his ability to control play, instil calmness and pass accurately.

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14. The money raised from the game was distributed to Michael Carrick's chosen charities.

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15. Michael Carrick started nine games under Sven-Goran Eriksson and his successor Steve McClaren.

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16. Capello made a 'call me' sign as Michael Carrick walked past his seat to collect the winner's medal.

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17. On 17 October 2012, Michael Carrick partnered Steven Gerrard in central midfield in the away qualifier against Poland.

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18. In May 2014, Michael 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.

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19. On 31 March 2015, Michael Carrick made his 33rd appearance for the national team as a substitute for Manchester United teammate and defender Chris Smalling, performing impressively to help England earn a draw against Italy in an international friendly match.

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20. On 21 November 2021, after Ole Gunnar Solskjær left his role as manager, Michael Carrick was named caretaker manager.

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