Rio Ferdinand has spoken of his admiration for Manchester United team-mate Michael Carrick, and believes the midfielder does not get the recognition he deserves.
Although not renowned for his goalscoring or flair, Michael Carrick still remains one of the first names on Sir Alex Ferguson’s team-sheet.
The dynamic midfielder may not perform the most glamorous of roles at times for the Red Devils but his contributions to the team, especially this season, have been invaluable.
Despite this it seems the appreciation of the England international outside of Old Trafford is somewhat muted in comparison with his success. With superstars such as Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie often stealing the headlines, Ferdinand wishes Carrick received the praise he deserves.
"You wish players like that didn't have to go through their careers searching for accolades," the veteran defender told the Independent: "You would like to think people would just give them out. That hasn't been the case with Michael, which is unfortunate."
Ferdinand went on to describe Carrick's assist for Javier Hernandez's opening goal against Chelsea as "the ball of the season", and concluded by saying that his United team-mates have the utmost respect for his abilities.
"No-one else could play a pass like he did for Javier's goal," he added. "But I am sure no-one will talk about it.
"It will be swept under the carpet and all the talk will be about other players who maybe do a little bit more explosive things than Michael does.
"He is laid-back and plays at his own pace, so he always goes unnoticed. But he is valued highly by each member of our squad, don't worry about that."
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