Michael Carrick admits he grew up playing football as a striker.
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick isn’t renowned for being a goalscorer, though growing up that may not have been the case.
The defensive midfielder has only scored just over 30 goals in his entire career, and his personal best was his first season at Manchester where he notched six goals in all competitions.
The 32-year-old midfielder is more notorious for his excellent passing ability – both short and long – and his ability to set the tempo during matches.
Though as a kid, according to the player himself, Carrick said he grew up playing five-a-side matches as a striker, predominantly scoring buckets of goals for fun.
“Believe it or not, I used to get the odd goals or two.” He said talking to this week’s Football Focus.
“I think if you ask a lot of the lads who are playing professionally now they were probably all strikers at some stage.”
“I gradually got moved further and further back and I’m still going.”
This season, Manchester United’s 2012/13 Player’ Player of the Year certainly has been shy in front of goal, taking just 15 shots all season.
His solitary goal came against Fulham in the entertaining 2-2 draw at Old Trafford, beating the goalkeeper from outside the box with a deflected strike that found the top corner.
For such an accurate passer, it’s surprising that Michael Carrick hasn’t been bolder and followed in the footsteps of the likes of Pirlo and Xavi who regularly line-up shots from outside the box to good effect.