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Carrick: You ain’t seen nothing yet

Michael Carrick, who enjoyed great form for Manchester United last season, claims that he still believes he can improve.

“Hopefully I’m a better player now than I was a couple of years ago,” he said. “I feel I have improved and I’m hoping to still improve. I’ve just turned 31 and the peak time in players’ careers seems to be a little bit later so hopefully that carries on and I’ve still got the best years ahead of me. Because of the way we look after ourselves, the peak years of a player nowadays is nudging a little bit further on. I look at people like Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs and they are still playing great football in their late 30s so that gives me enough inspiration.”


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18 Comments

  1. Fergie's gum says:

    1st

  2. Gizmo says:

    Sorry to say but I’m one of those who feels he actually adds very little to the team. Lots of accurate passes so the statistics say but he usually hits them sideways, offers very little as a threat on goal and lacks the balls to put many tackles in. I know lots of people will disagree but our inability to kill games and dominate like we used to is largely down to the use of Carrick. Nice lad but I just feel he lacks the balls…

  3. Red Robin says:

    second

  4. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Get in Michael. Most consistent contributor in MF for last couple years. Hope this year he can convince a few more fans of his class.

    The quiet type.
    Definitely a player that does better with certain types of players on the pitch. Hope we find a great combination as the injuries sort themselves.

  5. Swedish Red says:

    Shut up with the 1st nonsense… Is that your biggest achievement in life?

    About the article, hopefully his standards will remain high! I love how Giggsy and Scholesy are setting an example for everyone else to follow

  6. Saturated says:

    Funny I’ve always felt like he can do so much more but then again, with his new role in the team I can’t really see where the improvement will be.
    Hopefully he proves me wrong and goes on to have his best ever season in the shirt.

  7. Costas says:

    Here’s hoping.

  8. wiuru says:

    Go for it Michael me bhoy !

  9. Zibbie says:

    GO MIKE!!!

  10. wayne says:

    Sensitive lad who took a long time to feel he belonged,I’ve no doubt his best is yet to come

  11. King Eric says:

    Costas – Hi mate, you well? Just seen your reply to me last night. Yes why the hell is Carrick getting stick again for ONE poor game. Also people bring up the Munich and City mistakes. TWO mistakes in about 6 years. Wow. How people say he is shit is laughable. Weak. Over ran. Passes sideways. Nonsense. He is quality and keeps us ticking. He cant play defence splitting balls all the time. He may need to go sideways to keep us moving. Anyway the amount of times he DOES whip balls into the strikers feet is regularly. He is a top class midfielder. A cultured midfielder who United are a MUCH poorer side without.

    Also this “gettingoutplayed” by Everton thing fucks me off. 70 per cent possession just couldnt deal again with that freak Fellaini. Who can? The cunt only turns up against United. He is about 7 fucking feet. He didnt outplay us merely outjumped us!

  12. kk says:

    He had to change his role and I think the time he took to adjust his game changed people’s perception to the negative. He can now play with authority.

  13. utd_fc says:

    KE

    It’s because most people here just see (or like to see) the flash, the tricks, the goals. No one looks at the glue holding it all together. Why is it that each time Carrick is missing from our midfield the whole team looks shaky and vulnerable to attacks all the time. It’s because he’s the lynchpin! I mean the man himself said it. Carrick is THE MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER. How people can still doubt him is beyond me.

  14. OHH AHH Cantona says:

    Gizmo.
    He’s excellent on the ball and is very calm and composed. This makes other players play better around him because they feel assured of themselves. He mightn’t put in loads of bone crunching like your typical holding midfielder but what he has instead which is just as effective is he reads the game supurbly and intercepts dozens of dangerous passes game in game out. Eg if he plays for England I guarantee Gerrard and Lampard will be so much more confident on the ball and England will dominate possesion

  15. orez says:

    He surely has the courage to come out with this shit after that horrible game he had. I can’t believe people say that he was superb last year. if he was that good then why were we overrun by so many opponents last year, cause if he was superb that shouldn’t have happened. Carrick is limited player with no courage, who breaks under presure. he migt have a good game at OT against Wigan, but give him someone with backbone and you will see.

  16. LoneStarRed says:

    Makalele, Deco, Alonso, Carrick

  17. Valiant Red says:

    Carrick it seems lacks a bit of confidence. Non-selection for England hasn’t helped either. Saw him provide 2-3 aerial balls to RVP against the saints which showed he has quality. When I compare him to Barry he is miles ahead.

  18. LoneStarRed says:

    @ Orez.
    After playing two tough games as Center Back, Carrick plays his first game in midfield. Does he not deserve some time to get back to full proficiency at his natural position?

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