Carrick in his younger days at West Ham
The Newcastle-born midfielder started his career as a gangly box-to-box central midfielder emerging as one of a golden generation of talent at West Ham.
Brief loan spells at Birmingham and Swindon helped Carrick cut his teeth but his supreme talent soon saw him brought straight into the first team picture by Harry Redknapp.
He won an FA Youth Cup with the Hammers and stayed for a season after they suffered relegation to The Champions but after 150 appearances in East London he was sold for a paltry £3.5million to bitter rivals Spurs.
Two years at Spurs followed
Two seasons at White Hart Lane saw Carrick re-establish himself as a top Premier League midfielder.
Unlike West Ham, Tottenham got good money for Carrick when they decided to sell, for £18.5m to Manchester United in 2006.
And that is where the Geordie set down his roots, racking up 460 appearances for the Red Devils over 11 years and winning five Premier League titles, an FA Cup, three League Cups, six Community Sheilds and the Champions League, Europa League and World Club Cup.
Speaking in a Sky Sports interview with Paul Merson, Carrick revealed the biggest difference between playing for Manchester United and the two London clubs.
"The difference I found was that it was relentless," Carrick told Merson on Sky Sports.
"Every day was relentless, every day was just relentless. Training sessions were genuinely tougher than the games.
"Once you hit that standard, there's a little bit of give, but you can't go win one, draw one, lose one, win one and get away with that whereas maybe when I was at West Ham or Tottenham - especially away from home - you go away from home and you're thinking 'We got a draw today, that's a decent result that we'll win one and it's not bad'.
"At Man United that can't happen."