Michael Carrick has established himself at Old Trafford this season as a key member of the side and his contributions have proved fundamental in Manchester United regaining their Premier League crown.
This season has witnessed Carrick finally breaking through at Old Trafford and becoming a massive influence in the side. It has been his most consistent season by far with a total of thirty-three appearances, twenty-six in the league. He thoroughly deserves his fifth Premier League title since signing in 2006 and his nomination for the coveted PFA player of the year title.
He is now receiving the credit he deserves from both within Old Trafford and outside and has been possibly United’s most influential player this season by going about his job in a quiet, yet influential way. Robin Van Persie has taken the limelight with his goal scoring but Carrick has provided the efficiency and consistency.
Sir Alex Ferguson has shown a lot of faith in Carrick as he has had to endure some criticism for some performances over recent years. However, United supporters have finally accepted him for the player he is. He is not a flash player who will score regular outstanding goals from midfield but he does give United control in games with his crisp passing and ball retention.
Most importantly Carrick can supply that one moment of magic that can create a chance out of nothing which United’s star strikers thrive on. The goal created for Javier Hernandez against Chelsea in the FA Cup was a perfect example of this.
His nomination for the PFA Player of the Year is testament to the season he has had particularly when he has beaten the likes of Michu, Christian Benteke and Wayne Rooney for a nomination. He is unlikely to win the award but to be recognised by fellow professionals must be very satisfying for Carrick.
Carrick has shown his flexibility by helping United out in central defence on occasions and he does not look out of place in this role. He could also become a vital player for England as at international level the aim is to gain control of the football in order to dictate the play. Carrick is perhaps the most adept English player at doing this.
Paul Scholes’ appearances have been restricted this season and this is testament to Carrick’s performances. He is now one of the first names on Sir Alex’s team sheet with the likes of Anderson perhaps looking for a summer move due to lack of opportunities.
This has most definitely been Carrick’s breakthrough season. He has been recognised throughout football for his performances this season and I expect him to continue in this vein for the remainder of his Manchester United career and to stake a claim to become a permanent member of Roy Hodgson’s international side.
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