Michael Carrick was always going to get a wonderful send-off from Manchester United fans and so it proved in the 1-0 win over Watford on Sunday that ensured they finish the season with 81 points.
The playmaker, who criminally only won 34 caps for England throughout his career, has been the epitome of composure and class throughout his United career and as the final member of Sir Alex Ferguson’s all-conquering squad to leave the club, his departure has been keenly felt.
Carrick will join the coaching staff at United and with Rui Faria set to leave Jose Mourinho’s side at the end of the season, the stage looks set for the former Tottenham man to take on increasing responsibility behind the scenes at Old Trafford.
Before that, United have an FA Cup final to contend with and Carrick had to navigate the Hornets match in the absence of a great deal of match fitness.
He, of course, did so with aplomb. His ambitious passing was again in evidence, trying 15 long balls to get the game going as well as creating the situation that led to the only goal of the game, scored by Marcus Rashford.
86% of his 69 passes found their target and as ever, he contributed at the back end of the pitch as well, with two interceptions and three clearances as he was charged with protecting that Reds defence one final time.