The midfielder was travelling with his teammates to the Santiago Bernabeu for the Red Devils’ last-16 tie against Real Madrid in February 2013.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s men drew with Jose Mourinho’s side 1-1 on the night, after Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal cancelled out Danny Welbeck’s header.
But prior to the game, Carrick took a phone call from none other than a friend from back home… who had no idea the game was taking place.
Speaking about his mates, Carrick said: “They’re rugby lads, so they kind of watch football, but they don’t watch football if you know what I mean. They’re not football fans.
“This sums it up – it was 2013, it was about quarter to seven. I was on the team coach and my phone rang, and I couldn’t answer it because I was on my way to the game.
“So I’ve text him [Carrick’s friend] back and he’s gone: ‘Call me. Call me.’
“So, I’ve quickly rang him on the sly on the bus, and I hate doing that.
“He went: ‘How’re you doing? What’s happening?’
“I’m like: ‘What do you want?’
“He went: ‘Ah nothing, I’m just seeing what’s going on?’
“I said: ‘I’m just pulling into the Bernabeu, we’ve got Real Madrid in the Champions League.’
“He went: ‘Oh right, OK, good luck then.’
“He didn’t have any clue we were playing.
“Like, they obviously support me 100 per cent, but the fact he didn’t really know what was going on was fantastic.”
Carrick went on to add that his mates not knowing so much about football is a great escape.
The midfielder will have his United testimonial next month after spending more than ten years with the club.