Carrick can't pick United's best

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Any one of five or six players deserves to be crowned Player of the Year and Manchester United's end of season awards, according to Michael Carrick.

United have seen their hopes of claiming a 20th league title have seemingly go up in smoke this week, after Manchester City seized the initiative with victory at the Etihad Stadium on Monday.

Hardly a single United player performed to distinction in the Manchester derby; failing short of the high standards they had set themselves over the course of the campaign.

There have been several consistent performers over the duration of the season, however, with the likes of Antonio Valencia and Jonny Evans noted for their exceptional years.

Paul Scholes has also been particularly impressive since his return to action in January, and Wayne Rooney's goals have been vitally important for United once again this year.

And Carrick admits it will be difficult to separate a number of players when the awards are handed out at the end of the season.

"I think Antonio Valencia’s come into some great form," Carrick told the official Manchester United website.

"He’s had a few games where he’s almost been unplayable and given full-backs an unbelievably hard time.

"Jonny Evans has been consistent and stepped in and stepped up hugely. He’s been here a number of years and has plenty of experience, but this season he’s been brilliant.

"I think Paul Scholes’ return has given everybody a boost, too. That was a big lift for us and he’s played really well.

"I think Rio [Ferdinand] deserves a mention as well for how he’s played alongside Jonny. There are probably five or six players who deserve the award."

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