Generals always have a place in history, regardless of the outcome of their battles. Michael Carrick however is not getting the appreciation he deserves for the background work is been doing for Manchester United this season until recently.
Manchester United’s midfield is where the key to consistency lies. Its obvious United have the grit and determination to win games but its always better to have a midfield that is capable of controlling the game and being ruthless. Something that the Red Devils have been lacking for quite some time.
Sir Alex has tried to keep Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs in the team as much as possible. Nevertheless, the Stratford End Legends has certainly seen better times in their respective careers. Their experience in the Premier League is definitely unmatched by any player in the league at the moment. However, the tempo of the present game betray them quiet unfairly.
Their contributions to the team is paramount and somewhat unmatched. In terms of fitness, however, the a shade of their younger selves.
Throughout the years, United’s three points have been won because of the work done by the midfield department. The engine room as per say. Its all about the dirty work been done there, more than anywhere else on the pitch.The ability to change the tempo of the game within a blink of an eye.
Michael Carrick has certainly stepped up and earned his place in the middle of the park more this season. In addition, it raises the question of why was not considered for an England call up in the past. Cumulatively, throughout the season, he has made 16 appearances out of a possible 17 for Manchester United in the Premier League.
Being the defensive midfielder that he is, his total percentage of interception in the Premier League currently stands at 47% and clearances made stands at 39.4%. Again, nobody really pays attention to his contributions to the team only until recently.
Michael Carrick gives defenders the security and protection that they look for. He is much the equivalent of Darren Fletcher before his unfortunate long break from football.
Fletcher is certainly coming back to his stride. For the time being, he could be one of those players who could make an impact in a game when called upon.
Last Saturday’s game against Sunderland, Manchester United were in control for the duration of the first half and second until Michael Carrick was substituted off for Paul Scholes. United had not be able to produce the same performance that they were able to do while he was on.
United looked vulnerable, Sunderland took advantage of it and was able to pull a goal back. Micheal Carrick is certainly Manchester United key man at midfield for the time being where doing the dirty job, underground job is concerned.
Manchester United fans should really appreciate the work rate he puts in for the team. Carrick sits in the middle of the park, anticipating and steals the ball off opponents when the opportunity arises. Immediately passing the ball forward most of the time through the right wing to Valencia.
With 89% average pass accuracy for the season, one would really find it hard to argue against the motion that he is one of United’s key players.
If United win the title in May, obviously it will be because of the goals scored, games won and the three points collected. However, the goals will not come if you don’t have a midfield that would be able to providecover when defending and ammo when attacking.
For the time being, Michael Carrick is still one of the those midfielder lynchpins that seem under-rated. Thus, its fair to call him United’s unappreciated general.
By Mark Anthony Gomez