Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is about to bring down the curtain on his illustrious 12 year playing career with the Red Devils at Old Trafford this Sunday.
The 36-year-old midfielder was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson from Spurs for £18 million in 2006 and has enjoyed a hugely successful spell with United winning five Premier League titles, one Club World Cup, one Champions League, one Europa League, one FA Cup and three League Cups.
During Carrick’s early years at Old Trafford he was battling it out for the Premier League crown with Chelsea and Arsenal, before the emergence of ‘noisy neighbours’ Manchester City in recent times.
However, the former England international has revealed that it is United’s historical rivalry with Liverpool that remains the most intense:
“I think the Liverpool game is special,” Carrick told ESPN.
“I think they’re different games really.
“I think if you’re looking at the City game now… I think the Liverpool game, because of the history and the tradition and everything that goes behind it, it run deeps doesn’t it?
“The City one obviously runs deep as well, but for me, it (Liverpool) has got a slightly different feel.
“It’s been a big change since I came,” added Carrick.
“We were always favourites to go there and win and obviously, as the years have gone by, they have developed and spent more money and they’ve obviously improved an awful lot.
“Now they’re up there challenging every year, like ourselves, Chelsea and Arsenal.”
Although Carrick has not featured much for United this season, it has been confirmed that he will definitely play in his sides final Premier League fixture of the season against Watford at Old Trafford tomorrow so that he can receive a fitting final send off.
His time at club is not over however, as once he hangs up his boots he will become part of Jose Mourinho’s coaching staff.