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Carrick - Big Boots To Fill

Talk about big boots to fill, new boy Michael Carrick will be given Roy Keane's number 16 shirt.

Sir Alex Ferguson said: 'Michael has completed his medical and we are going to be having a press conference on Wednesday I think. He has settled down fine, I spoke to him and said to him `I'm giving you the number 16 jersey' so he was delighted at that. I think that showed great courage because sometimes players are a bit superstitious about things like that but he was keen, and said he would gladly take number 16.'

25-year-old Carrick said: 'It's an offer that has come at the right time - professionally and personally. I felt I couldn't turn it down. This is a football decision, a decision not driven by money.'

Adding 'I've had a great time at Spurs and the club has been brilliant for me. There is an excellent squad full of top players and a number of younger lads coming through the ranks as well. I can only see successful times for the club in the future. Martin is a great manager and has done an enormous amount for my career.'

He also says that Jol helped him develop into a better player 'He gave me a chance when I needed it, stood by me and I will always thank him for that.'

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Writer: Cantona Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 1 2006

Time: 10:56AM

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16 should of been retired in honour of a true utd legend, there was and will only ever be one keano
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01/08/2006 14:47:00

yes keano was the best and carrick is not the same player but he can become a legend to
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01/08/2006 15:04:00

how can he be a defensive midfielder, as some say, if he cant tackle, mark or stand up to players physically, a complete waste of money in my opinion i just hope fergie has a trick up his sleeve or we are *****ed. im still *****ed we didnt chase duff
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01/08/2006 16:08:00

hes got bigger boots to fill considering hes one of Manchester Utds most expensive signings
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01/08/2006 19:40:00

Thanks for the memories MC (last day at Upton Park) when Edgar screamed to stay on and you waggled your fingers to come off and for the money MU be assured we will spend it wisely.
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02/08/2006 02:25:00

he is a alrite defender. like keano without the madness ;)
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02/08/2006 14:55:00

it an interesting to the united fans to one player at least instead of staying nill for ever and ever.
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02/08/2006 15:38:00

he's a great signing he will do well, but u can never replace roy keane never
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02/08/2006 22:25:00


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