Michael Carrick
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"Michael Carrick" is an English professional Association football/footballer who plays and is the Captain (association football)#Club/vice-captain for Manchester United F.C./Manchester United. Carrick primarily plays as a Midfielder#Central midfielder/central midfielder, but he has been used as an emergency centre-back under Alex Ferguson, David Moyes and Louis van Gaal. At the time of his move to Manchester United, distinctive features of his play included his inventive distribution of the ball along with his passing and crossing abilities.

Carrick began his career at West Ham United F.C./West Ham United, joining the youth team in 1997 and winning the FA Youth Cup two years later. He was sent on loan twice during his debut season, to Swindon Town F.C./Swindon Town and Birmingham City F.C./Birmingham City, before securing a place in the first team by the 2000–01 season. He experienced relegation in the 2002–03 season and was voted into the PFA First Division Team of the Year in the following campaign. He made more than 150 appearances for the Hammers, but in 2004, he moved to rival London club Tottenham Hotspur F.C./Tottenham Hotspur for a fee believed to be Pound sterling/£3.5 million. He was ever-present during his Spurs career, scoring twice in 75 appearances, before moving to Manchester United in 2006 for £18 million.

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We've had a few tough games already to take into this -- Man United was a big test -- but that's the stage this club is at now, trying to compete with the better teams. Arsenal are a fantastic side but there is a new belief about us now.

For the sake of my career I had to be performing at the highest level in the Premier League.....and I have come to Tottenham to fulfil my potential and hopefully play in the national team.

I was a bit nervous as it was the first move in my career but it was an ideal move for me - I'm already from the area. To be honest I'm really excited.

I wanted a striker and not a defensive midfielder. Carrick is a good player but we already had four good defensive midfielders.

He's the whole package and a great kid to boot. That's the neat thing.

We're in a good position now. We are satisfied with a draw in the end.

I've not even thought about that game, though I want to be in the squad. There's not a lot of time to get a place in the World Cup but things change so quickly.