Despite being 35, Michael Carrick is still one of Manchester United’s most influential players and the Englishman has insisted moving away from Old Trafford is not on his mind, at this moment in time.
The midfield anchorman may not be able to perform two times a week, which is often demanded at United, but when the former Tottenham Hotspur man does play, he certainly makes a difference. The number 16 could arguably be described as the man who has been criminally underrated for much of his career, but nowadays the midfielder is finally being recognised for the importance he upholds by most of the Red Devils fan base.
In the light of United’s 4-1 English Football League Cup win over West Ham United, Carrick revealed he is relaxed with all things regarding his future but is still very much enjoying life in Manchester.
“I am relaxed about it. It depends if I am playing and if I am playing well enough. If I feel I can contribute. If the manager feels I can contribute. There are a lot of things to be decided. I am quite relaxed. I feel fine. I am enjoying it still. My body is holding up. You just have to understand what you can and what you can’t do really.”
The central midfielders calming influence has a knock on effect on much of the side, furthermore, many identify him as Paul Pogba’s ideal midfielder partner. Carrick insisted that every player has to play to their strengths and adapt so they can perform it to their utmost best, not just when they reach the latter stages of their career.
“At any stage of your career, people have their strengths and what they can’t do so well. You just have to put yourself in a position where you can play to your strengths more often than not. You learn that from experience. As long as I am enjoying it, can feel I can contribute and the manager does then great.”
The former England international opened up about his desire to remain at Old Trafford, revealing it would be tough for him to move away from the football club he has been at for 10 years.
“It is not something I am looking to do at the minute. It would be very difficult to play somewhere else. It depends on circumstance. It depends on a lot of things. But you can’t beat that buzz of winning a big game. That is what keeps you going, having success and winning trophies. That is what I am here for.”
In all honesty, despite the money splashed, Michael Carrick is still one of Manchester United’s best midfield players. That £18.6 million Sir Alex Ferguson demanded the board to spend on him back in July 2006 is now looking nothing short of a bargain, despite it being big money at the time. When the Englishman gets selected by Jose Mourinho it seems like the side has more of a control over the game, it allows Pogba to strive forward more and do what he is best at and he’s a trustworthy senior figure who is often reliant.