As we all know, Michael Carrick will (unfortunately) be hanging up his boots when the season ends.
The veteran enjoyed his first taste of action as a coach against Swansea City, as he begins to prepare for his new permanent role which will start during the 2018/19 campaign.
After the Red Devils’ 2-0 victory over their Welsh opponents on Saturday, his old teammate-turned-pundit Rio Ferdinand was full of praise for the veteran; who also made a bold claim about Carrick.
Ferdinand reckons that if Carrick were Italian, he’d still be playing for their national team, before adding that the former Tottenham Hotspur man was disrespected by England managers throughout his absolutely outstanding career.
“He got disgruntled with the English managers who have shown him no respect over the years,” he told BT Sport, per the Manchester Evening News.
“When we were asking for players who could pass the ball through midfield quickly through to the attackers who would then be a danger who could do it quickly in not three or four touches, he could do it in one or two touches.”
“He was undervalued 100% he should have had more caps, he would have added balance to the team.”
One thing missing for England in their current team is a deep-lying midfielder and Ferdinand thinks Carrick could still fill that role despite nearing the end of his career.
“He would be the first one in the team now even given his age – if he was Italian he would still be playing.”
“They would still be saying he’s a leader he’s experienced he can play the ball in the right way, he’s one of the fundamentals we want in our team.
“Gareth Southgate would cry out for a player like Carrick.”
While I agree that Carrick has been massively undervalued, it was always going to be tough for him in an era that had Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard. Obviously, those three are all better players than United’s #16, and that’s probably why the caps were limited.
That’s not to take away from what a brilliant player Carrick is. In fact, I personally believe he would have brought better balance to the team due to the fact that he can sit deeper – it just looks as though several England managers never really thought that was a viable option.
With that said, it’s probably the correct time for Carrick to hang up his boots and focus on life after playing football. I’m sure he’ll make a mighty good coach and we’re lucky to have him on board.