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The foe you know - Manchester United's Michael Carrick

Posted on 26 October 2017  - 19:41

Continuing our 2017-18 pre-match series entitled ‘The foe you know’, where we look at former Spurs players who now represent this week's opponents. Today, Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick...

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A smooth operator in the middle of the park thanks to his calmness on the ball and classy range of passing, Michael Carrick left us for Manchester United back in 2006 and remains a respected member of their squad to this day.

After coming up through the ranks at West Ham, he made 138 senior appearances for our London rivals but after a season in the old Division One in 2003-04, he switched to White Hart Lane in August, 2004.

A slight injury meant his Spurs career got off to a slow start and he was forced to wait until mid-October of that year to make his debut, but the appointment of Martin Jol as manager in November, 2004, heralded the start of a fine spell of form for the midfielder.

Over the next 18 months, Michael was a regular in the side, pulling the strings in midfield and winning plenty of plaudits for the way he dictated the tempo of our games.

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He was an integral part of the team in 2005-06 as Jol restored us to European competition via a fifth-place finish in the Premier League but was one of several players affected by illness on the last day of that season as we lost narrowly to his former club and subsequently missed out on a place in the top four.

Carrick was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in the summer of 2006 and the transfer came to fruition after his participation in the 2006 FIFA World Cup with England, having scored twice in 75 appearances in our colours. In the intervening 11 years, he's won a host of top honours with the Red Devils including five Premier League titles, three League Cups, the FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League.

The 2012-13 season in particular was a good one for Carrick, ending with a place in the Premier League PFA Team of the Year and the title of Manchester United Players’ Player of the Year.

Capped 34 times by England at senior level, he was rewarded with a testimonial earlier in 2017 and, following the departure of Wayne Rooney to Everton over the summer, was appointed club captain by Jose Mourinho, although a calf injury has restricted his involvement in 2017-18 to date, with only one appearance in the Carabao Cup currently to his name.