Peter Schmeichel names fringe Man Utd player who "must play" when fit

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After a run of four Premier League games without a win, Manchester United stopped the rot on Sunday with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Swansea City.

From Paul Pogba's excellent volleyed goal to a brace for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and two assists for the much-maligned Wayne Rooney, there was plenty to be positive about for Jose Mourinho, albeit in a game against struggling opposition.

However, whilst United's attacking options were finally drawing plaudits after several misfiring performances, former Red Devils icon Peter Schmeichel opted to single out one fringe player for particular praise. Indeed, in a tweet via his official account, the legendary shot-stopper said he "must play" from now on when available.

Schmeichel, of course, knows a thing or two about winning after collecting 10 major trophies during his time at Old Trafford.

And, with experience of playing behind a stellar lineup that included the likes of Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham and Roy Keane, maybe Mourinho should take note of the advice the Dane handed out during United's Sunday fixture. 

Schmeichel isn't the first former United star to champion Michael Carrick. Rio Ferdinand has been calling for his former teammate to be given more opportunity to play in the centre of United's midfield for a couple of weeks now.

However, despite the growing call for more minutes, Carrick's start versus Swansea was his first in the Premier League this season and, you could argue, only came about due to the suspension of Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera. 

The 35-year-old certainly impressed with his opportunity, though, as he sat in the centre of the park and dictated play - allowing Pogba more licence to roam and get forward.

And, with the Red Devils having actually won all six games Carrick has appeared in this season, most fans of the club would probably support the idea of starting the veteran midfielder whenever possible.


The problem is, just how often is Carrick available for Mourinho these days?

Now in his 18th season as a pro, the former Spurs and West Ham star simply isn't able to play every three days or so.

A fact Mourinho made reference to in the aftermath of Carrick's impressive display against Swansea.

"I would love to play him every game but that is not possible." the Portuguese said, via ESPN.

"Why? For the same reason that I cannot go to the gym every day anymore! He started today and he played very, very well."

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