Michael Carrick said his farewell to United fans after making his final appearance at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The 36-year-old reminded supporters of his class when he rolled back the years to slide a 40-yard through ball over the top of Watford’s defence to create the only goal of the game in a Man-of-the-Match display.
The Englishman was making just his second appearance in the Premier League this season in what has been an injury-hit campaign.
The win against Watford was his 464th appearance for the club and the departing veteran is the last remaining team member of the side that won the Champions League back in 2008.
Carrick was often overlooked by the England national team – the midfielder made just one appearance at a major tournament in his career – but achieved great success at club level lifting 12 trophies with United. The midfielder is set to continue his career with the club by joining Jose Mourinho’s backroom staff next season as a first-team coach.
Manchester United fans have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the ‘Geordie Pirlo’. We summed up the best of the reaction here:
Pin point lofted ball from Carrick to get Mata in for Rashford’s opener. Still looks a class apart at the age of 36. Rolls Royce of a player. Jose sign him up! #mufc
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) May 13, 2018
Wishing Michael Carrick all the best for his coaching career. Such an elegant, professional and underrated player – a real joy to watch over the years. Has won everything there is to win in world football. Legend.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) May 13, 2018
Scholes nickname was 'satnav'
such was the accuracy of his passing.
Carrick is deffo 'satnav 2'
What a servant to our great club this man has been. One of Fergie's best signings.
— William McGowan (@WilliamMcGowa15) May 13, 2018
Deserved more England caps in my honest opinion. Such composure on the ball, effortless stuff.
— Aman Jha (@aman_jha94) May 13, 2018
Carrick is, by a country mile, United's best passer of the ball 12 years after signing for the club.
Good luck finding a replacement
— James Robson (@JamesRobsonMEN) May 13, 2018
Time files, but what a servant he has been for the club @carras16. Hardly broke a sweat on the pitch, always a step or two ahead of his opponents with his intelligence and understanding of the game. It’s Carrick you know… #mufc pic.twitter.com/RQr5HoaqV9
— Bojan Djordjic (@BojanDjordjic7) May 13, 2018
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) May 13, 2018