It has been an incredible career for Michael Carrick, but all good things must come to an and, and on Sunday, the Manchester United midfielder will play his last ever Premier League game.
Having won five Premier League titles, three league cups, one FA Cup, one Champions League and one Europa League, it’s safe to say there have been plenty of highs for the former West Ham and Spurs midfielder.
One of highest of those moments was of course lifting the European cup in 2008, as Manchester United beat Chelsea in the final on penalties in Moscow.
Frank Lampard cancelled out Cristiano Ronaldo’s opener to force extra-time and an eventual penalty shoot-out, before the then Chelsea captain John Terry stole the headlines.
The former England skipper had the chance to win a first European Cup for Chelsea after Petr Cech saved Ronaldo’s spot kick to give the London club the advantage.
However, Terry slipped and hit the post which subsequently allowed Edwin van der Sar to save Nicolas Anelka’s effort and seal glory for United.
While ultimately it was United who were glorious, the retiring midfielder has revealed the array of emotions he and his team-mates went through on that rainy night in Russia:
“I think we all pretty much thought it was gone [when John Terry stepped up for his penalty],” he told ESPN.
“I didn’t look at Terry’s pen so I didn’t see what happened at the time. But it was agony, up and down that night. That’s why I think, by the end, when we did win it, the feeling was so good because of the roller-coaster we went through. It was mad.”
The veteran midfielder took and scored United’s second penalty, and the 36-year-old reflected on the dread of having to take one of the spot kicks that night in the Russian capital:
“Yeah, that was one of the worst things I’ve ever done” he added.
“The worst thing, I’d say. The feeling before that, you wouldn’t wish it on anyone. It’s hard enough watching [penalties] because you’re on edge. But having to actually get yourself in the frame of mind to take one, in the back of your mind knowing the consequences if you miss, it’s a tough place to be.”
“Thankfully, we got our hands on the trophy.”