It has only taken seven years for Carrick to get his own song and the praise he deserves. The players aren’t stupid though and voted him their Player of the Year. Think about this: United have never finished outside the top two with Carrick in central midfield.
In the summer of 2011 he told me his legs were gone and he didn’t miss football, but just four months later he came out of retirement. It was fun to have him back, and there were moments of the old Scholes genius, but the legs have gone for good this time.
Remind me exactly what he does? A solid player with a bit of energy, but nothing more. He would be a decent player for Everton or Newcastle, but he has never looked like a Manchester United player.
Six years and it hasn’t happened. Enough. He came hailed as the new Ronaldinho, briefly looked like the new Edgar Davids, and has been distinctly average ever since. Doesn’t offer either an attacking threat, presence or energy in midfield. The end has come.
United’s player of the season in 2011-12 was almost unrecognisable this season. Where were the goals, pace and assists? The Ecuadorian looked lost this season, and needs to improve quickly.
An uninspiring signing, he actually managed to have a good debut season at United, but this year has been a disaster. No goals from 18 appearances tells the story of Young’s ineffectiveness.
It’s become popular to give up on Nani, but not me. I love Nani, he excites me like no other player in the United squad for his ability to beat a man. I hope David Moyes feels the same and wants to keep him and get the best out of him.
Three years ago it seemed incredible Giggs was still a vital part of the United squad, but he’s still going, and his performances haven’t dipped at all. He turns 40 this year. This is ridiculous! Surely next season will be his final one as a player at Old Trafford.
Sam writes for FourFourTwo and is responsible for the excellent Best XI Manchester United book