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Michael Carrick

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Michael Carrick

On 31 July 2006, Carrick moved to Manchester United. An initial bid of £10 million by United was rejected, though a later bid with a £14 million basic fee, potentially rising to £18.6 million depending on club and player success, was accepted. This potentially makes Carrick the fifth most expensive player acquired by Manchester United. He was given the number 16 shirt for Manchester United, previously worn by former captain Roy Keane.

He made his Premiership debut for United on 23 August 2006, coming on as a substitute in United's 3–0 away win over Charlton Athletic. He had sustained an injury in his original debut against Porto in the Amsterdam Tournament. He made his starting line-up debut against Watford on 26 August 2006 at Vicarage Road, in a match that United went on to win 2–1.

Carrick had started almost every game for United in the 2006–07 season. He was briefly injured in late December, at which point his 'holding' role in central midfield was filled in by John O'Shea or Darren Fletcher. His first goal for Manchester United was on 13 January 2007 in a 3–1 win over Aston Villa at Old Trafford in the Premier League.

On 10 April 2007 Carrick scored two long-range right-foot curlers against A.S. Roma in United's 7–1 victory in the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League at Old Trafford. He opened the scoring with his first, thus setting United on their way to the semi finals.

With the arrival of Owen Hargreaves at Old Trafford for the 2007–08 season, Carrick acknowledged that he was not guaranteed a place in United's first team. Carrick suffered an injury setback in October 2007, breaking his elbow against A.S. Roma in the UEFA Champions League. On 3 November 2007, he returned to action, coming on as a substitute for Anderson against Arsenal.

Carrick's first goal of the 2007–08 season came in injury time during a 2–1 loss versus derby rivals Manchester City on 10 February. His second goal came in happier circumstances with Carrick adding the final goal in the 4–1 win over West Ham on 3 May.

On 18 April 2008, Carrick agreed to sign a new five-year contract, along with defenders Rio Ferdinand and Wes Brown, which would keep him at Old Trafford until 2013. The contract was finally signed on 17 May 2008.

On 21 May 2008, he played a full 120 minutes in a 6–5 victory over Chelsea on penalties to win the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final. He scored during the penalty shoot-out, and collected a winners medal, the first European winners medal of his career.

On 1 November 2008, Carrick scored his first goal of the 2008-2009 season when he netted against Hull City at Old Trafford.

Source: Michael Carrick (wikipedia)

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