Date: 18th July 2011 at 4:16pm
Written by:
Michael Carrick

Will the midfielder finally silence his critics next season?

It seems strange how a player who’s won four titles in five years, appeared in three Champions League finals and is one of the first names on the United team sheet still has to win over some fans.

Michael Carrick is one player who’s critics point to his lack of goals, assists, domination of certain big games, while his fans- who always seem to be extremely passionate in their support of the midfielder- claim he’s the cog that makes the entire team tick.

Carrick’s taken it upon himself to comment on the retirement of Paul Scholes and how the Unied players need to step up and fill the void as a collective.

The Guardian notes:

“Michael Carrick believes Manchester United’s players need to take collective responsibility for trying to replace Paul Scholes. Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken of the difficulties involved in finding a replacement for a player he regards as one of the best he has worked with.

“The United manager has played down the club’s interest in signing Internazionale’s Wesley Sneijder, while Tottenham Hotspur’s Luka Modric and Arsenal’s Samir Nasri appear bound for elsewhere.

“Carrick says the best way of overcoming Scholes’s departure is for everyone to do their bit. “Losing a player like Paul is a loss – he brings so much to the team,” Carrick said. “He was a world-class player, so you have to compensate in other ways. We have done that in the past – we lost Cristiano Ronaldo a few years ago and people didn’t think we’d get over it. But different players step up – maybe it is not one player but we share the responsibility.”

All very accurate and commendable from Mr Carrick, the question is can he be the one to take over from Scholes as the maestro to orchestrate the midfield? Some would argue he already does, although not even Carrick’s most ardent supporters could claim he’s as effective as Scholes was.

Part of the problem for me is that Carrick is played far too deep in a defensive midfield role that’s simply a waste of his talents and can often highlight his flaws. Carrick’s tackling is not his strong point and although he’s capable of mopping up loose balls and taking the sting out of the game when United are on the backfoot he’s never going to be a barnstorming terrier type that Owen Hargreaves was, or Darren Fletcher sometimes is.

Carrick’s best season was arguably his first when he was allowed much more freedom to roam further forward and it’s no suprise that also wielded his best ever goals tally.

A player of Carrick’s vision could be much more useful to United when he’s allowed to get more involved in the attacking apsect of the game, not just from the inception of an attack but also at the end of it.

With Scholes gone and the Sneijder saga still ongoing, could it be the man from Wallsend who rather than just being part of a ‘collective’ actually steps up and shows why his fans are so vocal in their support of him?



8 responses to “Time For Michael Carrick To Put His Money Where His Mouth Is?”

  1. lununcle says:

    he failed the team a few times in the worst possible way … against Bayern M 2 years ago in CL … and couple of other games…

  2. Jonathan says:

    I’ve felt same way about Carrick. Bringing in a DM would actually help solve our problems further up by allowing Carrick to play where he’s proven most effective. Two birds with one stone, yet everyone’s convinced an AMF is our priority.

  3. ken says:

    Whatever Ʊ guys think,imagine utd playing barcelona with all ur suggestions and ul just realise we need an attacking midfielder.ashley young as far as I’m Concerned as surplus 2 requirement and fergie shud have just added that money to the sneijder cauSe

  4. karan says:

    finally….sum1 agrees with me on the point that carrick needs to get forward much more to showcase his true class….hes creative but needs more freedom to show it…if fergie does allow that to happen with maybe jones stepping in the hargreaves just like rodwell….we can finally see the true carrick in fullflow!!!

  5. Tunji says:

    Carrick can never be compare to paul scholes. Infact he is a slow defensive midfielder.I dont see him adding any value to the MAN U team in the coming season because the EPL is going to be getting tougher. He is becoming irrelevant to the team. All his passes last season caused the defense a lot of errors and always put them under pressure. We dont need player like him because he cannot cope with the strength and aggressiveness of the modern days football in EPL He lacks speed,