Watch: Michael Carrick Rolls Back The Years With Exquisite Long Pass For United Goal

Michael Carrick bid a fond farewell to his playing career with a vintage contribution to Manchester United’s win over Watford.

With only an FA Cup final left to play, Manchester United have likely just lost their current longest serving player.

Michael Carrick arrived at Old Trafford from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006, and has made 464 appearances for the Red Devils.

Five Premier League titles and a Champions League trophy later, Carrick will retire from the game at the end of the season, but not before showing why he was a constant presence at one of the world’s biggest clubs.

United, who had second place in the Premier League wrapped up, took on Watford today, with Jose Mourinho adamant that Carrick would start, despite making only one league appearance this season.

“The last match of the Premier League, our captain in front of our fans, he will start the match against Watford. The most important quality is to be a MAN, capitals. A proper man, and football isn’t full of them.”

The 34th minute saw the Englishman receive the ball in his own half.

A long pass over the Watford defence, not unlike something you would see from his former colleague Paul Scholes, set Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford on their way.

Mata’s touch allowed him and Rashford all the time they needed to combine for what was ultimately the winning goal.

Carrick was called ashore in the 85th minute to a standing ovation.

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