Carrick, who is to retire from his playing duties this summer and become a part of Jose Mourinho‘s coaching staff at Old Trafford, has played with some greats in his time but labels his fellow Englishmen as the best.
The two spent over five years together at United as part of a dominant midfield under legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson and are now golfing partners at the ages of 36 and 43.
Talking to Mark Ogden as part of a warm-hearted tribute on ESPN, Carrick was full of admiration for Scholes: “I’d have to say Scholesy [is the best] because I just played so close to him, you know. I’ve played with some world-class players, some of the best that’s played the game, but Scholesy was just something else.
“I still think I’m just fortunate to have seen him train every day and having the best seat in the house, stood next to him passing the ball and seeing what he could do with it. It was just outrageous how good he was.”
It wasn’t just Scholes he praised though, as he looked back on some of the phenomenal talent he’s won endless silverware with over the years.
He continued: “I could pick 10-15 players that I played with over the years; Ronaldo, Wazza [Rooney], Rio [Ferdinand], Giggsy, Gaz Nev [Gary Neville], [he was an] unbelievable full-back, unbelievable captain. But Scholesy just nicks it.”