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Michael Carrick: Man Utd coach glad he opened up about feelings

Michael Carrick: Man Utd coach glad he opened up about feelings

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Carrick ‘couldn’t shake off’ negative feelings

Michael Carrick says he has been contacted by fellow players saying they have experienced the same depressive-like emotions the former Manchester United and England midfielder outlined in his autobiography.

It took Carrick two years to recover from a huge low that was triggered by defeat to Barcelona in the 2009 Champions League final in Rome.

Speaking to BBC Sport, the 37-year-old said: “The fact some people have been in contact makes me glad I came out and said what I did.”

Carrick retired in June to take up a place in United manager Jose Mourinho’s coaching team.

He added: “If someone wants to speak to me, I will try and help them.

“Even if it helps someone else without me even speaking to them, it is a bonus.”

‘We are not all machines’

Even long-standing Old Trafford colleagues were unaware of how badly Carrick had been affected until the serialisation of his book ‘Between the Lines’.

Defeat in Rome, when United had started favourites and expected to become the first club to win the Champions League in successive seasons, was compounded by a loss of form in the following campaign.

He was still selected in England’s World Cup squad for South Africa but his involvement was limited to 45 minutes as a substitute in the first warm-up game against Mexico at Wembley, leaving him feeling isolated and alone at a remote training base in Rustenburg.

Carrick said: “That was the worst time. The deepest bit. Miserable is the word. It wasn’t a great place, miles away from anywhere. We played a little bit of golf and went on one safari but the environment wasn’t stimulating.

“I didn’t even think I would be going because I was miles away at United.

“We are not all machines. Everyone has tough times.”

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