The Bayern Munich star believes Carrick “could play in the Spain national team”.
Alonso told the Sunday Times: “I’ve always seen myself in Carrick.
“He could play in the Spain national team. And for United he has been a very important player.”
Alonso also commented on Carrick’s partnership with United legend Paul Scholes: “I remember him and Scholes were like a perfect machine, because Carrick was always in the right position and Scholes was moving around, doing his special things.
“But in the national team Carrick doesn’t play that important a role. I could see him being an important figure in making the team better, but it doesn’t happen.”