Manchester United defender Phil Jones has heaped praise on Old Trafford team-mate Michael Carrick by claiming the midfielder is the most underrated player that he's ever played with.
The 33-year-old has been instrumental in his side's recent run of impressive form with the Red Devils winning every game they've played since Carrick made his comeback from injury in early March.
His contribution has not been overlooked by Jones who says the veteran is one of the most important players in Louis van Gaal's squad, and points to the positive results they've recorded over the past few weeks as evidence of his influence in the middle of the park.
“He’s the most underrated player I’ve ever met. For me he is that good,” enthused the former Blackburn Rovers man in an interview with Sky Sports. “The role he plays in this team is brilliant.
"He’s an unbelievable passer of the ball. He sees the game well. He reads it well and he’s a great lad off the pitch too.”
While Wayne Rooney, David de Gea and summer signing Ander Herrera have drawn the majority of plaudits it's Carrick that has probably been Manchester United's unsung hero, and like most under-appreciated players it's only when they are out of the team that you really see how much they offer when named in the line-up.
Van Gaal is certainly under no illusions about the invaluable experience he adds to the squad, and that's why the veteran Dutch coach ensured that the England international was offered a 12-month extension to his contract that was due to expire at the end of the season.
Having won five Premier League titles, one League Cup, one Champions League and a Club World Cup since arriving at the Theatre of Dreams in 2006 the former West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur star will be hoping to add another trophy to his personal collection before his new deal expires.
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