On this day in 2006: Manchester United signs Michael Carrick


Michael Carrick came over from Tottenham Manchester United on this day in 2006.

United paid £18.6 million for the then 25-year-old English midfielder, who spent the rest of his career at Old Trafford, playing 464 games for the club.

He won five Premier League titles, the Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup, two League Cups and the FIFA Club World Cup before retiring in 2018.

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Michael Carrick won five Premier League titles with United (Nick Potts/PA)

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He arrived a year after Roy Keane’s departure from United and inherited the Irishman’s old number 16 shirt.

At the time, he was the sixth most expensive player in United’s history, but the deal only came about after lengthy negotiations with the Spurs, who held out for a price close to their value of £20 million.

“Michael completed his medical examination today,” said United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. “He has calmed down well.

“I spoke to him today. I said to him: ‘I give you the jersey with number 16’, so he was very happy with that.”

Spurs had paid just £2.75million for Carrick (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA) in 2004

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Spurs had hoped to keep Carrick, but the fee saw them make a handsome profit on a player they had signed for £2.75 million two years earlier.

“This is a step Michael wants to make,” said Spurs boss Martin Jol. “We have given him every reason to stay, but he has asked to leave.”

Carrick joined the United coaching staff under then manager Jose Mourinho after hanging up his boots at the end of the 2017-18 season. He continued under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and had a brief stint as agent after the Norwegian was sacked last season.

He left the club following the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as interim manager last December.


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