Yesterday’s Community Shield first half was not the finest display the midfielder has produced in a United shirt, but it was by no means the worst. Other than seven minutes of somewhat lackadaisical defending United dominated the first 45 and were desperately unlucky not to be going in on at least level terms.
The second half was a different story altogether as with Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Tom Cleverley replacing Rio Ferdinamd, Nemanja Vidic and Michael Carrick.
United turned on the style in the second half with a simply awesome display with Cleverley, Nani and Rooney combining for a second goal that was quite simply breathtaking.
Cleverley had as good a 45 minutes as I’ve ever seen him play and has already been rewarded with an England call up.
Most of the criticism for United was aimed at David De Gea who was at fault for Edin Dzeko’s long range strike, although at 20 years old in his first big game in a Red shirt, a few jitters can be forgiven.
Some criticism was reserved for a certain former Spurs midfielder who despite carrying an injury which has now seen him sent home from the England camp, is still the preferred punching bag from many Reds looking at people to blame for yesterday’s anger inducing first half end.
“Shorn of the static Michael Carrick, United played their best football” “ponderous Carrick” “typically anonymous” “in one game we’ve seen why Cleverley and Ando should start ahead of Carrick” “Cleverley merely underlined Carrick’s impotence” “Cleverley >>>>>>>Carrick” “maybe SAF will finally realise Carrick is completely pointless to United”
Are just some of the tweets, blog posts and reviews I’ve seen over the past 24 hours describing Carrick. I realise that doesn’t mean he’s public enemy number Tevez but it’s certainly shows the low level of regard many Reds still have for a player who’s won four titles in five years.
If Anderson had had a quiet first half- a player many would argue has a lot more to prove than Carrick- would we have seen the interweb awash with such vitriol? I for one doubt it. I may be wrong but I believe we may see more Carrick bashing this season, as United’s unsung hero, finds himself being blamed for not doing things he’s not supposed to do anyway.