Michael Carrick has admitted he wants to finish his footballing career at Manchester United after a sparkling campaign which has seen him finally earn the plaudits he has been due for a number of seasons.
The 31-year-old midfielder has been consistent throughout this year with his metronome performances in the middle that have made him so vital in United’s title push and he has rightfully established himself as a regular for England after years of being overlooked.
And Carrick has admitted he would jump at the chance of finishing his career with the club and says he ‘loves the place in an interview with talkSPORT.
“In an ideal world, of course (I’d like to finish my career with United,” he said.
“Not many people walk away from this place, at the same time, I’m not 32 yet. Who knows!
“They might say at some point ‘thank you, it’s time to move on’ – I hope not because I love the place but we’ll have to see how it goes.”
United’s midfield lynch-pin ever since his £14 million move in 2006, Carrick could be forgiven for taking it easy – especially after winning four league titles and a Champions League so far in his six-year stay.
However, this is not the case with Carrick expressing his displeasure with not yet winning an FA Cup, something he remains keen to do.
He continued: “It hurts because this club should be winning the FA Cup, especially having had such a successful period over the last six, seven, eight years.
“For a club like this not to win it over that period of time is criminal.
“It hurts the players because not many of us have won it [the FA Cup]. Hopefully, we have still got time to grab it, whether it be next season or after that.”
The former Tottenham Hotspur man also remains keen for United to reach the summit of European football once more, especially after the heartbreaking exit to Real Madrid this season.
“It hurts because we want to win and we have come close to winning it more than we have, in terms of the two Champions League finals we have lost.
“We have taken a lot of stick for that but we were there to be shot at, we were there in the final. We managed to get to three finals in four years, which shows we are doing something right.
“We want to get back to them occasions. It’s been too long. Having had that spell of three [finals] in four years we want to be there again. Hopefully, it can be next year.
“We felt we had a good chance this year and it didn’t work for us, for obvious reasons, but we’ll go again next year.”
Carrick bore the brunt of many United fans frustration following Champions League final defeats to Barcelona in both 2009 and 2011 and the ludicrous critique of him being an inferior player as he was outshone by the sensational Iniesta and Xavi is still used against him to this day.
It has been said before and it will be said again that Carrick has been a key cog and an ever-present in a hugely successful era for United under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Right now, he is the first name on the United team sheet – leaving many of his detractors looking rather foolish.