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STATS: Does Michael Carrick deserve to be man of the moment?

This season, only Patrice Evra has started more games (27) than Michael Carrick, whilst Evra and Van Persie have both had more minutes on the pitch. Carrick has made 1843 accurate passes this season with an accuracy of 88%. Of those passes, 37% of them have gone forwards and just 8% backwards. In the opposition half, he has completed 1035 passes, with an accuracy of 82%. In the final third, he has been accurate with 429 passes (74%). Carrick has 4 assists this season, which is only bettered by Rooney (9) and Evra (5).

When you compare Carrick’s stats with other midfielders at the top clubs in the league, including those at United, Carrick comes out of it well. Only Scholes and Arteta have completed more passes per minute than him and only Gerrard has more assists than him.

In the the 24 games Carrick has played 90 minutes in this season, he has completed more passes than anyone else on the field 14 times (58% of the them). In 2/24 games only one player completed more passes and in 6/24 only two players completed more passes. In the remaining two games, he completed more passes than any United player against City, and three United players completed more passes than him against Everton.

vs Everton
61 passes completed (91%) – three players with more (Kagawa, Cleverley and Scholes)

vs Fulham
65 passes completed (97%) – two players with more (Cleverley and Rafael)

vs Southampton
115 passes completed (91%) – more than anyone on the field

vs Wigan
48 passes completed (84%) – two players with more (McCarthy and McArthur)

vs Liverpool
51 passes completed (85%) – two players with more (Gerrard and Allen)

vs Spurs
93 passes completed (86%) – only one player with more (Scholes)

vs Newcastle
66 passes completed (86%) – more than anyone on the field

vs Stoke
82 passes completed (87%) – more than anyone on the field

vs Chelsea
63 passes completed (90%) – more than anyone on the field

vs Arsenal
65 passes completed (84%) – two players with more (Mertesacker and Cazorla)

vs Villa
119 passes completed (89%) – more than anyone on the field

vs Norwich
98 passes completed (88%) – more than anyone on the field

vs West Ham
110 passes completed (95%) – more than anyone on the field

vs Reading
90 passes completed (84%) – more than anyone on the field

vs City
43 passes completed (74%) – more than any United player (Toure, Nastasic, Clichy and Silva with more)

vs Swansea
88 passes completed (94%) – more than anyone on the field

vs Newcastle
62 passes completed (79%) – more than anyone on the field

vs West Brom
60 passes completed (88%) – more than anyone on the field

vs Liverpool
56 passes completed (84%) – two players with more (Agger and Cleverley)

vs Spurs
39 passes complated (85%) – two players with more (Dembele and Phil Jones)

vs Southampton
45 passes completed (80%) – only one player with more (Jack Cork)

vs Fulham
62 passes completed (89%) – more than anyone on the field

vs QPR
52 passes completed (80%) – more than anyone on the field

vs Norwich
112 passes completed (94%) – more than anyone on the field

 

 


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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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157 Comments

  1. RedBorneo says:

    About Carrick, yes he is the best our MF this season but don’t forget he has no competitors in his position since Fletcher illness make it he shine brightly.
    I still miss Keano figure in our midfield.

    @Daniel88
    Sometimes you right but unfortunately some poeple on here has marked you as a looser..

  2. andromeda says:

    Its not a matter of what will be the starting lineup in my opinion, its rather who should not make the starting team.Anderson, Nani, Giggsy,Chica and even Young are among the candidates in whom Fergie could depend as a substitute.Nothing is personal and its not of out prejudice its just a matter tactic and match fitness.Perhaps Young is one of my favorite player to be involved but he lacks the incredible power and pace of Danny.I am not making any literal prediction,its totally an awful situation as I would love to see the likes of Chica and Anderson but hopefully Fergie will get it right again.whatever the team let us just make that damn quarter final.

  3. TheCANTONA says:

    @RedBorneo:
    Keano days has gone in modern football, there’s no way he’s gonna last 10 minutes in todays game.
    U see footballers became softer these days, heck! 10 or 5 years ago i would never ever imagine a centre back or defensive midfield dive just like Sergio Ramos or Biscuit did.
    Oh Daniel88 is WUM, pure WUM, if u read his comments from days before u’ll understand why people here keep blasting him..

  4. TheCANTONA says:

    I’m so nervous yet so excited about madrid game tonight. I think its going to be EPIC just like 2003…

  5. parryheid says:

    But it is about the starting lineup yet your right about who should not be involved in the game at any cost and imo you have nailed two in Nani and Anderson.I am of in half an hour and will be in the ground when the team and subs are named and I will be on a downer if that pair have any involvement.But we are going to be playing to qualify tonight so they wont be.

  6. FletchTHEMAN says:

    “This is what everyone will be talking about tomorrow!”

    Brilliant teaser for Manchester United vs Real Madrid from Anton!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vlld1EadTP0

  7. Daniel88 says:

    @ RedBorneo

    LOL. Definitely. It certainly is true the other way around.

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