Carrick is one of the most decorated players in Manchester United’s modern history, after winning the Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup, League Cup and multiple Premier League trophies between 2006 and 2017.
He’s now one of Jose Mourinho’s assistants at Old Trafford but things could have been very different had Arsene Wenger concluded a deal for Carrick back in 2004.
Carrick was so close to joining the Gunners that he even spent time at Wenger’s house, but a sensational display from Fabregas in the Community Shield against Man Utd convinced Wenger he didn’t need to add to his midfield options.
Carrick wrote in his autobiography Between the Lines, serialised in The Times: “I was totally devastated as I had my heart set on Arsenal and playing with all that talent.
“My head was gone. Arsenal had swayed me and I didn’t have a clue what I’d do now.”
As it turned out, Carrick joined Spurs for two seasons, before going on to dominate United’s midfield for more than a decade.
But how good could he have been playing for Wenger’s Arsenal? Would the Englishman have fit into the Frenchman’s style of play?
What do you think?