The Nature of the Manchester United Engine Room

Michael CarrickMichael Carrick is in the news today after releasing a video releasing a video with Puma showing off his skills as a midfielder. This video is a good representation of why the Manchester United star has been a model of consistency over the years. With some Puma players on set, Carrick gives a thorough explanation on how to be a fundamentally sound midfielder.

This video got me thinking on what has shaped the English star’s career. After stints West Ham United, Tottenham and a few loans, he has established himself at Old Trafford over the past seven seasons. He also has 29 appearances for the England National Team but has yet to be used in a World Cup despite being in the squad.

Even though he is not much of a goal scorer, Carrick is known for his great distribution of the ball and can play either a holding midfielder or further forward. As you can see in the video, he is also great with both feet.

Last season was an interesting one for Carrick. Sir Alex Ferguson had him start the season as a makeshift centre-back, a role he was inexperienced with. As a result he showed flaws earlier on against Everto, but when moved into his natural role came into his own. He had a streak of streak of 33 consecutive starts, showing some of the best form of his whole career.

Now with David Moyes at Old Trafford, it will be interesting to see how Carrick will be used at the back end of the career. Either way, you know the 31-year-old will bring his inventive and versatile style.

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