Michael Carrick opens up about depression, Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba

first_imgMichael Carrick has urged anyone suffering from depression to talk about it, rather than suffer in silence like he did.The former Manchester United midfielder recently opened up about a two-year depression sparked by his mistake in the 2009 Champions League final defeat to Barcelona.Carrick’s mental health struggles left him desperate to return home from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and he admits nobody knew the true extent of his feelings. BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? silverware huge blow MONEY LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Carrick describes Mourinho as an ‘unbelievable’ manager Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Pogba looks to Carrick for inspiration Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade center_img England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won He told talkSPORT: “I was having a bit of a tough time personally in 2009/2010 and it came to a head in South Africa.“At the World Cup in 2010, I was finding it tough and I literally didn’t want to be there.“I remember saying to Lisa, my wife, I just want to come home. Even now when I’m explaining it I find it difficult to understand why I felt like that because it was my dream, but that’s how I was feeling.“I’m quite independent, reserved and stubborn in many ways. I just thought I’d get through it myself. Not many people really knew – my wife Lisa knew a bit, my mum and dad knew a bit, but I didn’t really let on to them because I didn’t want to put it onto them as much. RANKED REVEALED Carrick spoke about his mental health battles in his upcoming autobiograohy ‘Behind the Lines’ “I didn’t really want help. Maybe I should’ve spoken to someone and it would’ve eased how down I was feeling, or whether it would’ve been taken less time to get over it.“Speaking about it would’ve made it easier and I would urge if anyone is going through something similar – pull someone aside and share because it will make things a lot easier.”Carrick, 37, also shed light on the supposedly ‘split personality’ of Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho, who he is currently assisting in the Old Trafford dugout.The United number two draws on similarities between himself and his under-fire boss, suggesting they are both completely different men away from the game. 3 3 3 “I liken him to myself,” Carrick said. “On one side, there’s this personality that’s driven, stubborn, cold, professional. I would go to training and just do everything I could to succeed. It was only winning that mattered.“But then away from that, I’d be the family man, I’d be daddy, I’d be the husband. I’d be playing golf for instance, and if I won, I won, if I didn’t, then whatever.“There’s almost a split personality there. When it comes to football, it’s win at all costs. You’ve got to have that way and Jose’s exactly the same as me.“He’s been nothing but brilliant – to give me the role that he’s given me and to help me. Obviously it’s challenging for me but it’s an unbelievable opportunity and he’s there for me when I’ve needed him. Sometimes from the outside it’s not always as it seems. ADVICE REVEALED “Jose is an unbelievable manager; he’s proven that over many years, there’s not many as good as him for what he’s won.“Yeah, things aren’t exactly what we all want, but time can change that and it’s up to us to do that.”Another contentious character at Man United is star midfielder Paul Pogba, who has previously spoken of Carrick as a mentor.And Carrick, who made 464 appearances in the Red Devils midfield, believes the expectation surrounding the World Cup winner is unfair.“It’s not realistic to pin that all on Paul,” he added. “He’s a terrific player and we all know what Paul can do but it’s not all on him by any means.“I’m enjoying working with the players, I’m enjoying trying to help them.”last_img

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