“In English football sometimes it seems hard for people to rate those who instead of shining themselves make the team work as a collective. For example Michael Carrick . . . who makes those around him play.”
– Xabi Alonso
“I think Michael’s the best central midfielder in English football. I think he’s the best English player in the game.”
– Sir Alex Ferguson, December 2014
“Scholes and Carrick together was peaceful. It was like going into a bar and hearing a piano playing. It’s relaxing.”
– Gary Neville
“Carrick gives United balance and can play defensively too. He passes well, has a good shot and is a complete player.
– Xavi, speaking prior to the Champions League final against United in 2009.
“Carrick could play for Barcelona, he has good vision and is an intelligent player”.
– Arsene Wenger
“Michael is a different breed to the likes of Roy and Nicky Butt,” said Scholes. “They were brilliant, but so is Michael in a different way. He brings calmness to the game and parades around the pitch like a Rolls-Royce. I’ve always found him very easy to play with. He’s capable of doing anything. He can create goals, score goals, he’s a great passer of the ball and is a big strong lad with a lot of presence who can run all day long.
– Paul Scholes
“Not only this season but every year. People do not realise the amount of work Carrick delivers until he has gone.
– Thierry Henry, labeling Michael Carrick as one of the most underrated players of his generation.
“Michael Carrick is a magical midfielder and another who goes about his work with little fuss.
– Harry Redknapp