Carrick’s Shocking Confession About How Man United’s 2009 Champions League Defeat To Barca Affected Him
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, 37, has spoken for the first time on how the 2-0 defeat was the “biggest low” of his career.
The ex-England international blamed himself 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.
“I kept asking myself: ‘Why did I do that? and then it [the depression] snowballed from there. It was a tough year after that. It lingered for a long time.
“I had won the Champions League the year before, but that was totally irrelevant.
“It felt like I was depressed. I was really down. I imagine that is what depression is.
“I describe it as depression because it wasn’t a one-off thing. I felt bad or terrible after some games, but then you get over it in the next couple of days, but that one I just couldn’t shrug off. It was a strange feeling.”