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 By PA Sport

Manchester United's Michael Carrick: Depression was behind England exile

Michael Carrick has said he asked not to be picked for England after becoming "depressed" on international duty.

Manchester United midfielder Carrick won 34 senior caps, the last of them in a friendly against Spain in November 2015, but said his experience at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa had left a lasting impression.

"I'd been in the squad a long time and, I'll be honest, I was finding it hard going away with England," he told BBC2's Premier League Show.

"I didn't mind going away with United...

New-look midfield the solution for Mourinho and Manchester United?

Though eclipsed by the mixed fortunes of Manchester United's forwards so far this season, the state of the team's midfield is also a major talking point. Jose Mourinho has used so many different combinations and formations so far this season and seems unable to settle on his best formation of preferred midfielders.

Against Manchester City in a must win League Cup match on Wednesday, the Portuguese manager went for a 4-2-3-1 - which could look like a 4-1-4-1 or a 4-3-3 formation - with Michael Carrick...