Michael Carrick is a great football player who was the heartbeat of Manchester United. For more than 10 years, he was the player who made them tick. Worshipped by the Old Trafford faithful, lauded by his fellow professionals, loved by his managers, yet regularly misunderstood by the wider public, Michael Carrick was a football player like no other.
Calm, thoughtful, intelligent – the opposite of the archetypal English midfielder – Michael Carrick is typically forthright and has always been his own man. In his book Between the Lines, Carrick not only reveals how it’s really like to win relentlessly under the legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson but also shows us the famous Carrington training ground’s hidden secrets. He pulls no punches, exposing what went wrong under Louis van Gaal and David Moyes, then lifting the lid on the controversial charismatic Jose Mourinho. In addition, he invites us to experience the clashes and camaraderie in the United dressing room and lets us feel the experience of walking out on the Old Trafford pitch with some of the most famous names in the game – from Ronaldo to Rooney, Giggs, Pogba, Zlatan, Scholes, and the rest.
Between the Lines is a deeply personal book, revealing for the first time Carrick’s battles with mental health, the redemption he has found with his team and his family, as well as his struggles with the national side.
Growing up in the north-east, winning the Champions League and 5 Premier League titles with Manchester United, Tottenham, and West Ham, the story of Michael Carrick reveals him to be his own man: thoughtful, fearless, honest, and intelligent.
*All proceeds of Michael Carrick from the sale of his book Between the Lines will be donated to Michael Carrick Foundation, used to provide financial support to community services which will give the underprivileged children in the North and North East the better opportunities so that they feel valued, safe, and inspired.*