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Top facts about Michael Carrick

Here you would go through an engaging ride through some of the most intriguing top facts about Michael Carrick, considering his life story and profession.

Michael Carrick is recognized as one of the most decorated English footballers of all time, immensely popular for playing and captaining Manchester United in a span of 12-year.

Carrick was an indispensable cog in the United machine for over a decade, following his arrival from

Tottenham Hotspur

in 2006. As a linchpin of the Reds’ engine room, he dictated play with his considered, refined style.

In 2015, The Telegraph mentioned him at number one in their list of "The top 20 most under-rated footballers of all time," depicting him as an "unassuming but highly intelligent and technically gifted deep-lying midfielder," who "has consistently performed well."

He has won everything you could possibly achieve at the top end of club football, so it was fitting that his last outing – in which he captained Manchester United – resulted in victory against


at Old Trafford.

On Sunday, May 13, 2018, as one of the English football’s most successful footballer of recent times, Michael hung up his boots after a glittering 19-year playing career.

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top facts about Michael Carrick

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Here you would go through an engaging ride through some of the most intriguing top facts about Michael Carrick, considering his life story and profession. He is an English professional football coach and former central midfielder who is currently working as a first-team coach at Manchester United. 

Michael Carrick facts in brief


  • Full name

    : Michael Carrick

  • Nickname

    : Carrick

  • Date of Birth

    : 28 July 1981

  • Birth Place

    : Wallsend, United Kingdom

  • Ethnicity

    : White

  • Nationality

    : English

  • Zodiac Sign

    : Leo

  • Religion

    : Christianity 

Physical Status

  • Height

    : 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)

  • Weight

    : 74 kg(163 lbs)

  • Hair Colour

    : Dark Brown

  • Eye Colour

    : Blue

Personal information

  • Father

    : Vince Carrick

  • Mother

    : Lynn Carrick

  • Brother

    : Graeme Carrick

  • Marital Status

    : Married

  • Wife

    : Lisa Roughead

  • Children

    : Louise Carrick (Daughter), Jacey Carrick (Son) 

  • Marriage Date

    : 2007

  • Education

    : Burnside Business and Enterprise College

  • Highest Market Value

    : 27,25 Million EUR

  • Hobbies

    : Playing football, Music, Video games, Swimming, Watching Movies

  • Net worth

    : $16 Million

  • Salary

    : £80,000 a week

  • Smoking

    : No

  • Drinking Alcohol

    : Rarely

  • Charity

    : Helping charity foundations

Football information

  • Profession

    : Former Football player, First Coach

  • Position

    : Midfielder

  • Teams

    : Manchester United FC

  • Shirt No

    : 16


  • Favourite Food

    : British Food, Fast Food, Prefers home backed recipes

  • Favourite Superhero

    : Ironman

  • Favourite Book

    : Pride and Prejudice

  • Favourite Musician

    : Taylor Swift

  • Favourite Subject

    : Literature

  • Favourite Politician

    : Barack Obama

  • Favourite Actor

    : Al Pacino

  • Favourite Actress

    : Helena Bonham Carter

  • Favourite Cellphone Brand

    : Iphone/Apple

  • Favourite Colour

    : White

  • Favourite Flower

    : Tudor rose

  • Favourite Time of Day

    : Evening, Early Morning

  • Favourite Sports Team

    : Manchester United FC, New England Patriots

  • Favourite Website

    : Instagram, Facebook, Twitter

  • Favourite Animal

    : Lion

  • Favourite Pet

    : Cat

Favourite Footballers

: David Beckham, Cristiano


Michael Carrick childhood

To deal with

top facts about Michael Carrick

and start from the very scratch, he was born to Vince and Lynn Carrick in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear; and he had just five years old when he got involved in football.


Michael Carrick childhood

 as a die-hard boyhood fan of Newcastle United, he spent his time playing five-a-side football with Wallsend Boys Club on Saturday nights, courtesy of his father's volunteer work at the club. He took football even more seriously at the age of 12 as he was selected for Burnside High School and then on North Tyneside Schools.

In his playing for Wallsend Boys' Club under-16s, he was capped for the England Boys' club side. When he was just 13, his film has been archived, which had been recorded by the BBC children's programme Live & Kicking in episode 49 and even had been aired on 4 February 1995.

As a schoolboy, his position was centre-forward but when he joined West Ham, he started to play frequently as a midfielder. In terms of his education, he studied at Wallsend's Western Middle School and Burnside Community High School, completing his GCSE exams in 1997.

Michael Carrick professional career

Michael Carrick started his professional career at West Ham United when he joined the youth team in 1997 and two years later he won the FA Youth Cup.  Before he managed to secure a place in the first team by the 2000–01 season, he was sent on loan twice in his debut season, to Swindon Town and

Birmingham City


He experienced relegation in the 2002–03 season and was voted into the PFA First Division Team of the Year in the next campaign. He appeared over 150 times for the Hammers, and in 2004, he was transferred to rival London club Tottenham Hotspur for a fee assumed to be £3.5 million.

His playing in the next two seasons had an influential role at the club before he was transferred to Manchester United in 2006 for £18 million. From his debut onwards, he became regular in the

Manchester United

first team, making over 50 appearances in his first season with them.

He established himself as an indispensable component of the team that won the Premier League in 2006–07, achieving their first title success in four years.

During his span in the club Carrick’s contribution occasionally stretched to spectacular goalscoring; however, in his primary role of screening the defence and probing well-drilled opposing ranks, he excelled and he was even rewarded with the Players’ Player of the Year award in 2012-13.

In 2019, he was one of the two English players who had won League title, FA Cup, UEFA Champions League, League Cup, FA Community Shield, UEFA Europa League and

FIFA Club World Cup

. In winning the 2016 FA Cup, he managed to complete his collection of every domestic honour in the English game.

On 12 March 2018, he announced he would retire from playing and indicated that a role on Jose Mourinho's backroom staff presumably would be his next step.

In order to be thoroughly prepared for this, he began sitting among the coaches on first-team matchdays and he duly took up his new coaching role in pre-season ahead of the 2018/19 season.

Carrick has represented England at under-18, under-21, B and senior levels. He made his England debut in 2001 and went on to gain 34 caps without netting a single goal. His full debut was for their 2–1 victory over the United States on 28 May 2005. He was also a member of the England squad for two major tournaments, the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.

In a career which spanned 19 years and included spells at West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur before his unveiling at Manchester United in 2006, Michael Carrick achieved all there was to achieve domestically and in Europe.

At the moment Michael is still a first-team coach at Manchester United. He remained at the club even after Jose Mourinho was sacked and is currently part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team. 

Michael Carrick personal life


top facts about Michael Carrick

, it is interesting to know that he and his wife, Lisa Roughead were childhood sweethearts, as they grew up just a few streets away from each other and were both pupils at Burnside Community High School in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear.

They started dating as far back as in school. They dated for over a decade before getting married in 2007. In terms of

Michael Carrick wife

profession, one can suggest that she is a Pilates instructor with a business degree, in Wymondham, Leicestershire.

They are blessed with two children, a daughter, Louise, and a son, Jacey and they live happily together in their multi-million home in Cheshire.

It is also notable to indicate that in October 2018, Carrick revealed that after the defeat in the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final, he had suffered from depression for two years.


Carrick also has a brother, called Graeme who is four years younger than Michael. Graeme has played for West Ham as well, yet several serious injuries curtailed the chance of being a professional football career.

Hence, he became an FA Regional Coach Mentor (North East & Yorkshire) and was coaching the Under-10 and Under-16 age groups at

Newcastle United


Graeme also participated in his elder sibling’s testimonial at Old Trafford back in June, being a substitute for former defender Wes Brown in the Manchester United 2008 XI in the second half.

Michael Carrick foundation

Michael Carrick set-up his foundation in 2017 to ‘deliver opportunities for children to feel safe, valued and inspired to achieve so that they, can make the best of their lives and fulfil their full potential’ – something, he describes, has always been close to his heart.

As a kid in Wallsend Boys Club when he had the opportunity to play there on his doorstep, it has become his long time dream to give something back to the Boys Club and help them in some way.

As time goes by, he came to Manchester and had his Testimonial there, which raised a lot of money, and therefore felt the responsibility to help the kids in Manchester.

That’s where the idea for the Foundation came from though, his childhood and his time at Wallsend and seeing all the closure of teams, clubs and facilities for young kids. That’s what spurred him on to try and help in some way.


He believes that society has changed a lot over the years, as with technology has become a big part of everyday life and anti-social behaviour on the up, there is fewer children out playing football and getting the exercise they need, therefore he deemed it urgent to get as many kids as possible involved with the Foundation.

Michael Carrick potentials

In regard to top facts about Michael Carrick, it is pertinent to note that when he played as a deep-lying midfielder, he did not rely on pace, stamina, physical attributes, box-to-box play and tackling like a typical ball-winning midfielder; instead, it was his reading of the game that helped him to anticipate any attacking threats from the opposition team, most frequently by covering space and making interceptions.

His distribution of the ball, vision, creativity, playmaking skills, crossing skill, and range of passing, among the best in comparison to other midfielders in Europe, was blended with an ability to dictate the tempo of the game, as well as initiate team attacks.

When he arrived at Manchester United in 2006, he made an effective partnership with Paul Scholes, as he played in a holding role and Scholes alongside him as a deep-seated playmaker.

This midfield partnership contributed to a change towards a continental playing style embraced by manager Alex Ferguson and assistant Carlos Queiroz, which was dependent on passing and keeping possession as opposed to the more traditional direct and all-action style of English football. 

Michael Carrick net worth

If we delve a bit further into top facts about Michael Carrick, it might be worthwhile mentioning that

Michael Carrick net worth

in 2021, is estimated to be around $16.5 Million.

In 2004, he moved to rival London club Tottenham Hotspur from the Hammers for a fee believed to be £3.5 million. When he also joined Manchester United from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006, a fee of $30.32 million was paid.

Michael Carrick social media

Taking top facts about

Michael Carrick social media

into account, and according to the latest Twitter stat on 2021-03-11, he has a total favourites count of 291 on the Twitter account while having 2.62 Million followers on the same Twitter account.

He is also active on Instagram gathering around 1.3 million followers but this is not his only account there, in as much as there is another account that is devoted to his foundation and has gained more than 6 thousand followers. It is utterly clear that the underlying majority of his posts on both accounts are more specifically related to football and fundraising activities.

Michael Carrick quotes

If you want to have a thorough image of this majestic football genius been depicted in your mind, don't miss the opportunity of reading some of his inspiring sayings and quotes that are primarily in regard with his journey through football.

"The 2006 World Cup was the summer I came to United so the England thing was kind of ongoing. Getting to the World Cup was massive but it wasn't until I got to United that I had that feeling that winning was a possibility."

"Certainly, every manager I've played under you take things from them. That's just part of gaining all that knowledge over the years. Some good, some not so good, but it's all part of the process."

"You set out to be a footballer when you're young, and you think I'd love to do that. There's plenty of things along the way that could change that, and it's the same thing now with being a manager, it's time will tell how it goes."

"A decent player doesn't automatically make a decent manager, I know that. But I will do everything I possibly can."

"Any experience you go through, you take something away from it, and I've always taken more from the harder times. My worst moment in football was losing that Champions League final to Barca in Rome."

"My favourite game has to be winning the Champions League against


in 2008 because nothing can top that. My favourite goal was at Wigan in 2009, which came late in the game and pretty much clinched the title for us that year."

"When I was setting out as a kid, five, six, seven years old, England was a dream. One of my best days as a player was my England debut - but it didn't quite happen after that!"


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