Man United won the Champions League in a thrilling and hot encounter in Moscow under Sir Alex Ferguson in 2008. Since then the club has undergone a lot of changes and has witnessed the departures of the players that won the trophy who have either moved to other clubs or have hung their boots, as well as the management: Fergie and Mike Phelan.
The two players left of the winning team that night are Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick who could also be on their way out of the club this summer, signalling the end of an era at Old Trafford. The two have spent a combined 24 years at Man United.
Rooney’s career at Man United took a dramatic downward turn with the arrival of Jose Mourinho last summer. The Red Devils skipper has had to make do with spending time on the bench rather than leading United’s attack as it was in his early years at Old Trafford.
There has been lots of speculations about his future at United and a move to China was imminent but later decided to remain at the club. Current reports are linking him with a move to West Ham or a return to his boyhood club Everton, whichever way the United top scorer could call time on his career at the club at the end of the season.
The 31-year-old moved to Old Trafford from Goodison Park in 2004, aged 18 years and has enjoyed a successful trophy laden 13 years at United, winning five Premier League titles, the Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and the community shield. He will be remembered as a legend of the club.
Like Rooney,Carrick future also remain uncertain with the club yet to offer him a contract extension. The 35-year-old has spent 11 years at United having joined them from Tottenham in 2006.
However, Carrick may decide to retire if he is not offered a new contract at United.