Michael Carrick has been at the heart of the Manchester United midfield, when fit, for as long as many of the youngest United fans around can remember.
His passing abilities have been much under-appreciated by the both fans of his club and country, and can be considered as somewhat of an unsung footballing hero. So why on earth would a move to Bournemouth, a team that seemed doomed for relegation before a ball was kicked this season, be even suggested for such a talent?
Well for starters - it would not be a permanent move, only a loan move until the January transfer window opens. That would only be four months, merely a drop in the ocean for a player who has had over a 16-year career in professional football.
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It would be a step back in order to take two steps forward, and would benefit all three parties involved in such a transfer.
For a club that has just entered the top tier of English football, having an experienced player in midfield would be a big boost for the club. If the Red Devils were willing to pay the wages of the 34-year-old (given they paid the wages of Nani during his spell at Sporting Lisbon that wouldn't seem overly unlikely) it would not only be a huge boost to their play, but a huge boost to their marketing and brand.
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A jersey with "Carrick" printed on the back would surely lead to an increase in shirt sales and inject a further buzz in the atmosphere surrounding the newly promoted club. The players would learn a lot from playing along side an experienced Premier League and Champions League former winner along with providing some quality balls to get the club's strikers off the mark in the top tier of English football.
The real question in this situation is what would the Red Devils possibly have to gain from loaning out an experienced player like Carrick? Well with the new additions to their midfield competition will be at an all time high, the likes of Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Herrera, Mata and Fellaini will all be competing for a starting berth at the heart of the United midfield.
As a result Carrick may find his time limited on the pitch. However in the second half of the season, if United are competing in a number of competitions, having fresh players with plenty of match practice will be vital for the Red Devils as they challenge for silverware on a number of fronts.
Bringing Carrick back into the squad in January would be a breath of fresh air for the squad and he could slot right back in to his former role, dictating play with his precision passing and vision.
Carrick is still a talented player, no one is questioning that, but as the years go on it is more important than ever to keep match fit. While United try to sort out the identity of their best midfield pairing Carrick could do a lot worse than having regular game time in the Premier League as his team's main focal point of play.
The only thing Carrick is missing at the moment is game time and confidence, two things a spell at a club like Bournemouth would give the English playmaker. Carrick would surely relish having his name in the headlines again for the right reasons, and playing for a team that will certainly appreciate his talent.
Returning to United in January and slotting into a team challenging in the Premier League, domestic cups and Champion's League would be a familiar feeling for Carrick, and it surely wouldn't be long before he was back spreading the ball to the likes of Depay, Rooney and Mata with the confidence of old.
Obviously I am not suggesting this transfer is about to happen, however it is food for thought as United players consider their future in light of all the new high-profile acquisitions.
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