The Irishman was signed to Waterford Bohemians in 1999 as a 17-year-old and has made 393 appearances for United, winning five Premier League titles.
He wasn’t flashy, but O’Shea was versatile and reliable and Sir Alex Ferguson absolutely loved what he brought to the table.
But Carrick, a longtime team-mate of O’Shea since signing for United in 2006, felt he was not getting the credit he deserved.
“Sheasy was a great lad but didn’t get the respect he deserved outside of United, except in Ireland where he is a legend,” Carrick wrote in his 2018 autobiography. Between the lines.
“That year Sheasy played right-back pretty much every game and he was fantastic.
Centerfield, left back or centre-back, Sheasy would play for the team anywhere. He understood what it meant to play for United, what it took to win and how to act.
“He was a model pro off the pitch and I understood why Sir Alex kept Sheasy at United for 12 years because he never had to worry about him and never have to look after him.
“The boss just knew when he needed him that Sheasy was ready.”
O’Shea moved to Sunderland in 2011 after leaving United and later moved to Reading where he is now the first team coach.
Carrick, meanwhile, took a 2-0 win over Villarreal in his first game as interim United boss Villarreal after the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The result qualified United for the knockout stage of the Champions League. Although he will only be leading one more game, O’Shea has said he believes Carrick will do the job because he is “very calm, very calculated and ultimately very focused on the team.”