The curious case of Michael Carrick.
Few would doubt his exceptional ability on the ball and many would envy the glittering career he’s had.
A quartet of Premier League title, as well as a League Cup and the Champions League make up an impressive trophy haul for the 34-year old and it is certainly not something to be sniffed at lightly.
However, as he enters the autumn of his playing days, perhaps we should ask ourselves as to why he’s never seemingly had the absolute trust of his managers.
Or the backing of the fans.
Yesterday I watched Pogna make magic. Today watching Carrick is causing me pain.
— Olatokunbo (@FakeAjebutter) April 10, 2016
— luke yeomans (@lyeomans83) April 10, 2016
Linked with a move away from Old Trafford this summer, does the former West Ham United youngster flatter to deceive?
At their worst this season, the Red Devils have been ponderous and methodical, attributes that can be directly correlated with Carrick’s style of play.
While he’s never been a marauding box-to-box midfielder, his constant sideways passing has incited the ire of the Red Devils faithful on social media this afternoon.
Carrick hasn't played a single forward pass #MUFC
— Afamefuna Ogbonna (@Ogbonna1989) April 10, 2016
— RIDING ~ TeePhlow (@IamAkakpo) April 10, 2016
He’s enjoyed a huge amount of success at the Theatre of Dreams, but has no doubt been helped by the great teams he played in for a large portion of his time there.
Only now when the days are not so bright are his flaws truly exposed.
Every passing game highlights the glaring inefficiencies of his passing game.
Considering the relative dearth of deep-lying playmakers in this country, he’s had a mixed career at international level – picking up just 34 caps.
Michael Carrick out
— Prospykiller (@prospyiler) April 10, 2016
— DD ZAGOD (@TOMFORD_JIGGA) April 10, 2016
Clearly, that’s no easy feat, but when you consider he made his debut a decade ago, you can start get a sense of just how much he has struggled to make his mark with the Three Lions.
In stark contrast to his cap haul, contemporaries such as James Milner and Gareth Barry have 58 and 53 respectively.
Perhaps this summer could represent a natural end to a hugely successful spell in Manchester for him. Would fans really miss him? What does he truly have to offer anymore?
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