‘The support they give the team is incredible’

“It’s Carrick, you know, hard to believe it’s not Scholes!”

The song was born during the latter stages of Michael’s distinguished playing career and has been periodically sung during his time as a coach, but this was the first time as caretaker manager.

The volume only increased a moment later when Jadon Sancho executed a powerful finish into the top corner to secure a pivotal 2-0 Champions League victory in Spain, putting United through to the knockout stages with a game to spare. Tellingly, the strike also inspired a massive reaction on the touchline, where every single member of the squad celebrated wildly.

It felt like a big moment.

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