Manchester United legend Paul Scholes doesn't think Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal likes Michael Carrick.
Speaking on BT Sport after United's 1-0 victory against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Tuesday, the former England international insisted that Carrick is at his best when he gets a run of games in the side.
With the duo of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin competing with Carrick for places in the middle of the park, the veteran has endured a tricky start to the season at Old Trafford.
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However, the 34-year-old was instrumental during United's aforementioned European win, but Scholes isn't too sure if the United manager holds him in high regard.
Speaking on BT Sport, Scholes stated: “I don’t really think Van Gaal liked him that much, to be honest.
“He’s not playing him. Michael is a player who needs to be playing. He’s not the type of player who comes in for one game, goes out for three games.
“He’s a player that needs rhythm – he needs rhythm in the game. Alex Ferguson always said it takes him five or six games to get going.”
Scholes is right, of course; the former Tottenham man has been one of the most consistent players in Manchester for some time, so Van Gaal should put his faith in him in pursuit of success on English soil.
You can understand Van Gaal's reasons for rotating Carrick, though; in Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin, the United boss has two other top-class options at his disposal.
But Carrick is unique and shouldn't be underestimated. He can control the pace and tempo of games while using his intelligence to dominate the midfield. At 34, he can't go on forever, but he could yet be the man to help the Red Devils shine on both the domestic and European scene.
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