According to England based media outlet The Daily Mail, Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick was on his way to recently relegated Newcastle United, but the move was culled by José Mourinho.
Carrick’s contract was set to end in June this year, and he had received no news of United being interested in offering him a renewal. This changed with the departure of Louis Van Gaal and the arrival of José Mourinho.
Carrick had prepared himself to join Newcastle – the place he left as a 16-year-old – so as to continue playing, and also because it would be right for his young family.
However, when Mourinho heard of the move, he rejected it and informed the club officials that he wants Carrick at Manchester United, and thus, the Englishman was offered a 1-year extension.
Carrick received his first start under José Mourinho against Northampton in the English League Cup, and immediately rewarded the manager’s trust in him with a beautiful goal to put Manchester United in the lead.
Carrick began his career at West Ham United, joining the youth team in 1997 and winning the FA Youth Cup two years later.
He was sent on loan twice during his debut season, to Swindon Town and Birmingham City, before securing a place in the first team by the 2000–01 season
He made more than 150 appearances for the Hammers, but in 2004, he moved to rival London club Tottenham Hotspur for a fee believed to be £3.5 million.
He scored twice in 75 appearances, before moving to Manchester United in 2006 for £18 million. Since then, he has made 423 appearances for the Red Devils.