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The whistle blows and I set off for the one kick I know will stay with me for the rest of my life, maybe even define my life...' Michael Carrick was the heartbeat of Manchester United. For more than a decade he was the player that made them tick. Loved by his managers, lauded by his fellow professionals, worshipped by the Old Trafford faithful, yet regularly misunderstood by the wider public, Carrick was a player like no other. Intelligent, calm, thoughtful - in many ways the opposite of the archetypal English midfielder - Carrick has always been his own man and is typically forthright.
A product of the famous Wallsend Boys Club, Michael Carrick is one of the most successful players to come out of the north-east. In his seventeen-year professional career, Carrick has played for West Ham United, Swindon Town, Birmingham City, Tottenham Hotspur and most famously Manchester United for whom he was club captain, as well as winning 34 caps for England. Carrick has won twelve major trophies at United, winning the Premier League five times, as well as three League Cups, the FA Cup, the Europa League, the Club World Cup and the Champions League. In 2017, Carrick set up the Michael Carrick Foundation, a registered charity that focuses on ensuring that children have suitable provision in their communities to keep them safe and engaged in positive activities.