Michael Carrick picks the best player he has played with

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Michael Carrick has not officially retired from international duty but it would take something extraordinary to see the holding midfielder don an England shirt again - regardless of who the manager is.

The next generation of midfield youngsters have pushed Carrick out of the reckoning for the Three Lions but that doesn't mean he has spent the last week putting his feet up.

He posted an Instagram image on Tuesday to confirm he has already started making plans for life after playing.

The 35-year-old nearly left Manchester United at the end of last season after his contract expired, however, Jose Mourinho offered him an extension upon the Portuguese's arrival at Old Trafford.

But Carrick has been used sparingly so far this campaign and has started doing his coaching badges to hint towards his intention to become a manager when he does decide eventually to hang up his boots.

The ex-Tottenham midfielder has won just about everything since moving to the Red Devils in 2006 and has been fortunate enough to play with some of the best players to ever grace the Theatre of Dreams.

Ryan Giggs, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand - Carrick has shared a dressing room with them all, but insists one other Man United legend tops the rest.

When asked during a quick Q&A for United's matchday programme who is the greatest player Carrick has played with, he responded: "Alongside me, I’d have to say Scholesy."

Man United's No. 16 also revealed that his proudest moment in the sport was the 2008 Champions League final against Chelsea in Moscow, where Sir Alex Ferguson's men were victorious on penalties.

Carrick picked out his strike against Wigan in 2009 - that effectively won the Red Devils the title that year - as the most important goal he has ever scored but remained impartial when asked who he thought was the greatest player of all-time.

"It’s a tough one to pick, that. It has probably got to be Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi," he answered.

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