Wayne Rooney lifts FA Cup trophy with Michael Carrick in what looks to be a symbolic gesture

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney shared the lifting of the FA Cup with Michael Carrick after the dramatic late win over Crystal Palace at Wembley in what looked like a symbolic gesture for what could be the veteran’s last game for the club.

Carrick’s contract at Man United runs out in the summer and a new deal has not yet been forthcoming.

The 34-year-old produced an assured display in the Cup final and he would have been mightily relieved to see Jesse Lingard fire in a dramatic late winner in the dying stages of extra-time. Rooney, lifting the trophy, shared the moment with Carrick, although he did drop the lid…

Carrick has been an excellent and loyal servant for United for the past ten years.

It was fitting that his time at United ended on a high note. After all, he has been providing them ever since he joined the club in 2006.

The gesture was a lovely one by Rooney and the hope is now that Carrick is able to flourish in pastures new. He will undoubtedly receive a rapturous welcome if he was ever to return to Old Trafford.

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