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Fergie explains why he always knew Carrick was going to be a success at United

Date Posted,March 29, 2017

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed what he saw in a young Michael Carrick – and why he knew he was always going to be a success at Manchester United.

The Wallsend Boys Club graduate, who moved to West Ham and Tottenham before he was snapped up by Ferguson, will play in his testimonial on June 4.

His former boss, who will oversee the match at Old Trafford, recently spoke out about Carrick and heaped praise on what he has achieved in the game.

He explained what caught his eye all those years ago, and why he, like other young footballers from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, had the right attitude to succeed.

Ferguson praised Carrick’s character at Man United (Photo: Matthew Peters)

“From the minute we bought him, his character has always been absolutely outstanding,” Ferguson told MUTV.

“He’s a football man and that character, plus his ability, made him a certainty to be a big success here.”

The Scot said he was particularly impressed by the way he had left his home town when he was 16 and moved all the way to London.

At 16 Carrick moved to London from Newcastle-upon-Tyne (Photo: Getty)

He acknowledged the confidence it would take to do something like that at such a young age, and pointed out the other stars who have done the same.

Alan Shearer moved to Southampton and had a fantastic career, as did Bryan Robson and Sir Bobby Charlton who moved to West Brom and Man United respectively.

Carrick is presented with the Players’ Player of the Year at Man United in 2013 (Photo: John Peters)

“They have got a big thing about them, Geordies, in terms of travelling as they want to be players.

“It’s a great football area. The Wallsend Boys’ Club he came from has produced so many fantastic footballers.”

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