He may not be a player the whole world appreciates but Michael Carrick has established himself as the main midfielder at Manchester United since his arrival in 2006 under then manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The 32-year-old England international has been ever-present since he arrived from Tottenham Hotspur and is perhaps the most under-rated midfielder in the world.

Carrick is known for his intelligence in midfield due to his excellent positioning to break-up play via interceptions.

He is also a very good tackler, tracks runners very well and his natural ability to sense danger is first class.

However, he is most known for his sublime range of passing and has developed his game into a dictator from deep in the last two to three seasons.

Sir Alex Ferguson is the most successful manager in the history of British football and one of - if not the - best managers of all time and Carrick was one of the first names on the Scot's team-sheet.

Carrick has a good injury record and so he featured almost every week for Ferguson which speaks volumes for the admiration that the legendary manager has for the 32-year-old.

Carrick is the only player currently at Old Trafford who has the composure, technique and touch to be comfortable in receiving the ball at the edge of his own penalty area with great ease.

He seems to know where everyone on the pitch is located as he picks out his passes so well.

His style is very unique and was described as a 'Rolls Royce' by Ryan Giggs because of the way he seems to cruise through the games with such ease and slickness.

Phil Jones also mentioned that the 32-year-old has a 'sixth sense' because he seems to know where all the players on the pitch are and he always pick out his pass no matter the pressure applied to him.

For the past three seasons Carrick has established himself as the man who runs the show for the Red Devils in midfield.

He is the player who gets his feet on the ball and make the team tick. He dictates play from deep and does a brilliant job organising the team defensively and going forward.

Carrick has the discipline, tactical awareness and technical ability to just sit in the hole in midfield and 'run the show'.

He is the only player at Old Trafford with the ability to run the midfield with organisation, breaking up play and spraying the ball around the pitch to get the likes of Wayne Rooney, Shinji Kagawa and Nani on the ball to create problems for the opponents.

His absence from midfield is a huge loss for the Red Devils in an area that is already weak.

David Moyes will be hoping his midfield maestro gets back from injury in time for the busy Christmas period which could prove to be critical to Man United's title push as well as a top four spot.

There is no doubt Moyes will look to strengthen in central midfield but the fact still remains that Carrick is the main man.

He'll prove very difficult and maybe even impossible to replace because of his unique style, vision and passing range.

The likes of Kevin Strootman, Ilkay Gundogan and Lars Bender are names that many feel can challenge Carrick in midfield but at present the 32-year-old is the midfield master at Old Trafford.

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