Manchester United picked up another vital victory on Tuesday night away to West Ham United. Their 2-0 win at the London Stadium was their 7th in a row in all competitions, proving that they’ve turned things around under Jose Mourinho, after a difficult start to the season.
Juan Mata and Zlatan Ibrahimovic applied the finishes and stole the headlines but there’s one man who goes quietly about his business that completes the package for Mourinho’s team.
Michael Carrick is an unsung hero of the United team, doing the hard graft and having the technical ability required to keep the Red Devils ticking across a 90 minutes.
As this stat from Squawka shows, if he’d played every game for Mourinho this season, they might be sitting pretty at the top of the table.
In the fifteen games he’s played for United this season, they haven’t been beaten once and incredibly they’ve won thirteen of them.
Man Utd's form when Michael Carrick has played this season:
Goals scored: 37
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It highlights just how instrumental he is to their success, even if not scoring or contributing assists. Given the patchy form United have had without him in the team, they’ll be hoping he can stay injury free and keep his unbeaten streak going well into 2017.