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Michael Carrick: 'I was depressed for two years after Champions League final defeat'
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Michael Carrick: ‘I was depressed for two years after Champions League final defeat’


Michael Carrick (right) playing for Manchester United in the 2009 Champions League final

Former Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick says he suffered from depression for two years after the Red Devils lost to Barcelona in the 2009 Champions League final.

Carrick says the 2-0 defeat triggered the “biggest low” of his career.

It culminated, the 37-year-old says, at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

“It was my dream to be at a World Cup but the truth is I didn’t want to be there. I wanted to be at home,” said the ex-England international.

Carrick blamed himself for the Champions League final defeat in Rome, after he gave the ball away in the build-up to Barca’s opening goal.

“I beat myself up over that goal,” Carrick told The Times.