Michael Carrick celebrated his 10th anniversary of being a Manchester United player at the weekend and reflected on some of the important moments in his career.
In an interview with the official site, he was shown a picture of him celebrating in front of the United fans at Anfield following John O’Shea’s injury time winner in 2007, a few months before Carrick won his first league title at United.
I’d not seen that photo until recently. If I was to think of a specific memory from my time here this would be very near the top of my list. It was my first game at Anfield for United, we were going for the league, Scholesy got sent off and then Sheasy nicked a winner in the last minute… it’s one of the highlights of my career so far.
Carrick also reflected on the start of his time at United, with his debut delayed by an injury during the pre-season, but the relief that followed when he scored his first goal against Villa.
I’ll always be very grateful for what both West Ham and Tottenham did for me, but to sign for United is something not many players get the chance to do. It’s a club like no other and one I’m very proud to be part of.
I’d got an ankle injury during pre-season so I had to wait a little bit of time for my first game, but I came on as sub at Charlton and it was a great feeling to pull on that shirt for the first time.
Training can be quite daunting when you come into the club as a new player because you’ve got to earn the respect and the trust of your team-mates and prove to them you’re good enough to be there. You have to give your all in every session.
I think you feel relief more than anything to get your first goal on the board. It was quite a bit into the season by this point so I was pleased to get it, and pleased with the finish, in the win over Aston Villa.