Now, with the Red Devils set to face Chelsea in the FA Cup final next weekend, Carrick will fill a role on manager José Mourinho's coaching staff and in an interview given shortly after his retirement, stated the following.
"I am not training this week". Prior to his final match, Carrick had barely been seen this season- he'd played a meager 24 Premier League minutes (in a defeat at hometown club Newcastle) and made 3 cup appearances.
"Playing with Michael is a blessing because you know he's going to find you". He had big boots to fill, but I think he's proven that he's more than worthy of the shirt. But often for long periods Pogba not lived up to his billing as one of the world's best players.
"So learning from him and the backroom staff, and trying to bring the kids through and have an influence on that just fits". Between heart problems and declining mobility, he was a bit-part player for the last couple of years at United.
The former England midfielder also said he meant to be a "pest" by picking the brains of as many people as possible as he embarks on his foray into coaching and potentially management in the future. "I think he is an underrated player in England and sometimes not only should the goal scorer be rewarded but the real players at the heart of the game". I'm well aware of that.
McKenna joined Manchester United from Tottenham Hotspur two years agoMATTHEW PETERS MAN UTD VIA GETTY IMAGES
'The tip-game, possibly, if I get into it and I believe I might wish to handle, most likely at this stage my reply can be sure, ' he stated. "That will evolve, and when he wants my opinion, I'm there to give it".
The midfielder was given a guard of honour by both teams on Sunday and had a hand in the only goal of the game, playing Juan Mata in behind the defence for the Spaniard to tee up Marcus Rashford.
Mourinho has enjoyed a trophy-laden career, but defeats to all three promoted clubs this season significantly dashed any hopes of a first league title since 2014. J0se recently stated that Faria will always remain a friend and thanked him for his work.
'I will support as best I can. Sometimes I see things he doesn't and sometime he sees things I can't. This was the final chance to cut the cloth clean. I am extra excited in regards to the future then wanting again and being unhappy it is over.