Michael Carrick: This is the big difference between Tottenham and Manchester United
By Amir Mir
Micheal Carrick has revealed that the “relentless” nature to win was the big difference he found between Tottenham and Manchester United.
The 35-year-old moved to Old Trafford in 2006 when Sir Alex Ferguson’s side paid £18million for the former Spurs man.
Carrick moved from a club that was trying to compete with the big teams in the Premier League to a side that was dominating English football under Ferguson.
Speaking to the Fantasy Football Club, which aired on Sky Sports 1 on Thursday, Carrick explained what he found different about United compared to his older clubs.
“The difference I found was relentless,” Carrick told Sky Sports. “Everyday was relentless. You cannot be going like win one, draw one, lose one, win one and get away with that.
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“When I was at West Ham and Tottenham, especially away from home, you are thinking ‘we got a draw today, decent result that’. It cannot happen [here at United]. That’s the difference.”
England international Carrick came through the ranks of West Ham where he played 138 games for the club.
He also represented Tottenham on 72 occasions, scoring two goals and supplying three assists as he provided a steadiness to the midfield.
Since moving to United over ten years ago, Carrick has gone on to win five Premier League titles and one European Cup.
Added to that, he has played 453 matches for the Manchester club, with the experienced man given a testimonial at the end of this season for his services to the club.
Carrick’s contract is set to expire in the summer and with only 15 league starts this season, he could be heading for the exit door at the end of the campaign.
His team are currently chasing a Champions League place and are in the semi-finals of the Europa League.