Central Midfield – Michael Carrick

Ok, so it hasn’t been the best of campaigns from Michael Carrick. The 32 year-old is usually a calm and orchestrating presence, but has often been relatively anonymous in performance this season.

Amid all this talk of a lack of creativity in Manchester United’s engine room, the England playmaker needs to accept some of the responsibility, and considering he’s been at Old Trafford since 2006, you would be right to expect more in the way of leadership.

But the former West Ham and Tottenham midfielder has always been the kind of player whose form is influenced by those around him – when United play great, Carrick appears at the heart of everything, yet when they’re lacking, he appears to suffer most.

With that in mind, a reimbursed Red Devils midfield could bring out the best in Carrick once again – the kind of form that earned him a place in the PFA Team of the Year and the Players’ Player of the Year award at Carrington last season.

Furthermore, with the rate of change at Old Trafford expected to reach relentless proportions in the summer, David Moyes needs that continuity and experience at the heart of midfield.

Therefore, despite a number of new arrivals highly anticipated ahead of next season, we expect the Premier League veteran to keep his place as United’s deepest-lying midfielder.


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