According to the (The Independent), Michael Carrick may be playing his last ever Manchester United games this season. The 35 year old midfielder has played for United since 2006, providing 11 years of service to the club. His dynamic ability to both impede the progress of his opponents and link up with teammates via long ball deliveries has been praised throughout Europe.
Carrick is nearing the end of his career, having made a whopping 311 appearances for United. He has won all the trophies in England, as well as a Champions League with United, but he still craves the one trophy that has eluded United: the Europa League.
If Manchester United were to win the Europa League trophy this year, they would join an elite group of European clubs. This club includes Ajax, Juventus, Bayern Munich, and Chelsea; and to be in this club you have to win every available trophy in European competition. Those trophies include Champions League, Europa League, and the UEFA Super Cup.
United have won the Champions League twice with Ferguson (and once in pre-Premier League years), and the Supercup in 1991. A victory in the Europa League final this year would see them complete the trophy list and join the Elite club of European Champions, something Jose Mourinho would love to see done under his management, and Carrick would love to see through before his departure from the club, which could happen this summer.