Juan Mata pays tribute to ‘class’ Man United star

Juan Mata pays tribute to Michael Carrick as the Manchester United midfielder prepares to retire

Michael Carrick
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick Photo: The Sport Review

Juan Mata has paid tribute to Michael Carrick as the Manchester United midfielder prepares to hang up his boots for good.

The veteran midfielder is calling time on his career at the end of the season as he prepares for a career in coaching.

Carrick has found his first-team opportunities at Manchester United to be limited this season, with the 36-year-old having only made two Premier League appearances throughout the campaign.

The former England international will now stop playing professional football as he looks to develop a career on the sidelines.

And Mata had nothing but praise for the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder following his decision to retire at the end of this season.

Writing in his personal blog, Mata said: “Class. On and off the pitch. That is, for sure, the best way to describe Michael in just one word.

“Class in every minute of his football, making things easy, understanding the game, making the right choices and always looking ahead.

“Playing with Michael is a blessing because you know he’s going to find you. All you have to do is make a move to find a line of pass, and he will take care of the rest with his feet and his mind.”

Meanwhile, Manchester United are aiming to finish the season on a high when they take on Chelsea FC in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday night.

The Red Devils finished in second place in the Premier League table in Jose Mourinho’s second campaign in charge at Old Trafford and they will be keen to end this term by winning a trophy.

Attentions will then turn towards the summer transfer window and the players Mourinho is likely to look to bring in to bolster his squad ahead of next season.

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