Photo: Man United outcast draws inspiration from sporting heroes

Michael Carrick watched Wigan Warriors win the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford

Michael Carrick was left feeling inspired after the Manchester United midfielder watched Wigan Warriors win the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford on Saturday night.

The 33-year-old England midfielder has made just two starts for the Red Devils since Jose Mourinho was appointed as Louis van Gaal’s successor at United in May.

Carrick helped the 20-time English champions ease to a 2-1 victory over Premier League holders Leicester City in the Community Shield at Wembley in August.

The former Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United midfielder started just his second game in the Red Devils’ 3-1 win against Northampton Town in the League Cup third round last month.

However, Carrick looked to take his mind off his lack of first-team football as the United star watched Wigan Warriors eased to a 12-6 victory over Warrington in the Super League Grand Final.

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Carrick’s only Premier League appearance of the 2016-17 season so far was a 12-minute cameo against champions Leicester at Old Trafford in September.

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