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Carrick: Fergie Doesn’t Make Us Pick Club Over Country

Following Manchester United putting pressure on Rio Ferdinand to pull out of international duty to ensure that he continues with his fitness regime to ensure that he keeps fit, Ferguson faced some criticism for his role in club over country players. In the international games that followed, four United players started against San Marino. In the following game against Montenegro there were five United players in the starting line-up.

Michael Carrick has today denied any claims that the manager encourages players not to represent their country.

“I’ve never had anything from the manager to say ‘pull yourself out’ or anything in that manner, it’s just not in his nature,” Carrick told talkSPORT. “You’ve got players here that travel the world to play international football. You’ve got Chicharito who goes to Mexico, you’ve got Antonio who goes back to Ecuador and from there they travel on to wherever they’re playing. If you’ve got the best players then international football is part of it. I don’t see it as club versus country.”

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Midfield player of the year for me (sucker for under rated midfielders me)

    Get in Michael! You are the boss!

  2. obiDred says:

    I knw players ar not going to admit it, but the fact still remains that Fergie has a role to play in all this decisions, Roy keane,Rayn Giggs, berbatov, scholes, vidic, now Ferdinand, guess Evra Rooney Carrick n RVP to follow, thou i don’t care once United is winning.

  3. ididnotzeeit says:

    Pffft, Fletch you’ve no idea what you’re talking about. Carrick’s been mediocre at best. Scott Parker, Gareth Barry, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard lead the list of midfielder of the year this season, Carrick’s not even in the conversation.

    Woy Hodgson

  4. Marq says:

    As much as I rate Carrick, I would think Mata is ahead of him, although Carrick does much more dirty work. But other than that, nobody else in the league this season comes close

  5. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Cheers guys. I am talking about Uniteds MF of the season. The only one I care about!

    Bunch of ruddy blues on here! I’m off! :twitter:


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