Michael Carrick opens on regret at ‘one that got away’ at Man Utd

Michael Carrick still laments missing out on a second Champions League crown at Man Utd, describing it as the 'one that got away'.

The former United midfielder won numerous major honours during his 12-year playing stint at Old Trafford, including lifting the European Cup in 2008.

Carrick was on the winning side when United triumphed over rivals Chelsea on penalties in the final in Russia.

But United were not so lucky when reaching the final again in Rome a year later, going down 2-0 to Barcelona.

And the now Man Utd coach looks back on that fixture as one of his big regrets from his playing career.

Speaking of the 2008 win, Carrick told the Metro : "Being us, we celebrated that night, flew back the next day and that was it, onto the next challenge.

"We won the league again the next year, won the Club World Cup, won the League Cup, almost won the Champions League again.

"We should have beaten Barcelona in Rome – that’s the one that got away, for me – but that doesn’t change what a special group of players that we had. We were absolutely relentless."

United fell a goal behind in Rome after just 10 minutes following Samuel Eto'o's opener, before Lionel Messi's second-half header sealed the trophy for Barcelona.

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