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Monday, 2 February 2009

Micheal Carrick Was Immense For Manchester United

micheal carrick manchester united evertonAgainst Everton on Saturday Edwin van der Sar achieved history with his 12th League shut-out in a row, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic were immense in the middle of a soul-sapping defence and there were moments when Cristiano Ronaldo looked as if he hadn't woken up in the wrong place at the wrong time.

All of them were dwarfed, however, by the contribution of Carrick.

Ever since Sir Alex Ferguson made the strategic decision to prefer Ryan Giggs as the number one playmaker in the defeat of Chelsea, Carrick appears to be inflamed by the desire to achieve maximum relevance in every outing. Here we had the near sublime result: a performance that was flawless in all aspects.

He was a constant source of creativity in a team performance that was contained only by the famously dogged instincts of David Moyes' tireless Everton. But then he also fulfiled the pivotal necessity to do a bit of scrambling.

Whenever he did, which was frequently, Everton hurt. Occasionally the prize goes to a middle linebacker for his visionary defence. Mark down, then, another plus for Carrick, who was invariably around at the heart of danger to make a tackle or a block.

Let's be honest. Eighteen million pounds seemed somewhat on the high side for the gifted but perhaps a little too diffident midfield operator.

Unusually tall for a natural dynamo, Carrick at one point might have been shaping up as a Ferguson folly. Now he is being increasingly acknowledged as a master-stroke.

As Giggs and Paul Scholes fight the years, Carrick's only adversary is the fact that he is coming to his prime, and a superb cutting edge, at a relatively late age — at 27. Still, there is time enough to enter the roomy pantheon of great United — and English — midfielders.

Moyes was certainly in no doubt, saying, "Carrick was immense. He's a really good player, he's an excellent passer and he made a lot of good runs tonight. He got in the box and the penalty came from one of those runs and he made one or two prior to that. He's a good all-round player, and frankly all the United players are capable of doing so much. The way they have got it, there is so much strength in depth. If you come here as a player and sign for United you are going to find yourself out of the team for periods. Because you've got so many games, you have always to be at your best when you play for them. You think of those players, Evra, Rooney, Hargreaves, Scholes, Rafael etc, out for long periods. You might miss them, but they're not out for ever and in the meantime you see what depth United have." Taken From The Independant

Carrick was man of the match by a country mile yesterday and long may it continue. I have always been a big fan of his and would get annoyed when people bad mouth Carrick. He has a great work rate and he spreads passes all around the pitch. He has probably the best vision of the game of any United player right now.....Back To Home Page...Bookmark and Share


Ulrik Fredrik said...

Michael's certainly lived up to his reputation of being passer as of late. I think he was subject to criticism in previous seasons but his performances this season have been outstanding. Salute Carrick!

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