I sometimes despair of the ex-pros on talkSPORT. Michael Carrick makes one mistake to cost a goal and all of a sudden he’s not good enough for United.
Alvin Martin afterwards said he didn't understand if there’s a purpose to Carrick’s game. To make that clearer, Alvin added that Scholes, for example, had the end product of scoring goals.
Stan Collymore suggested West Ham would be a good move for Carrick, with Bastian Schweinsteiger a better replacement.
Makes you wonder what these people watch sometimes.
The purpose of Carrick’s game is ball retention, and using the ball well to start off moves. Alvin suggested he played too deep to be effective. I suggest that three titles in a row and a Champions League winners medal reflect well on how effective Carrick is. And before anyone says 'but he gave the ball away against Valencia' how often have you seen him make that kind of mistake? Very rarely. Some believe Carrick isn’t a United regular. Check the stats – he is.
As for West Ham, well Stan is talking nonsense. We talk down our players way too much in this country. Carrick is as good a passer of the ball as anyone in Europe. There are weaknesses in his game that mean he isn’t the complete midfielder but rather than focusing on what he can’t do why don’t we focus on what he can do? As Alvin rightly said, his passing is Beckham-esque. Carrick is far, far too good for West Ham and Stan’s suggestion is an insult to a fantastic player. His idea to replace him with Schweinsteiger is laughable. Schweinsteiger may have played well against England in one game in the summer, but he’s part of a Bayern team which is miles off the pace in the Bundesliga. 17 points behind Dortmund last time I looked.
The way Alvin and Stan were talking after the 1-1 draw with Valencia it was as if Carrick has won nothing at United. They were talking about the 'golden' years with Keane and Scholes. Great players, and great times with loads of honours for United. But despite the extra pressure of competition from Chelsea’s billions, Carrick has been at the heart of a United team that has won just as much if not more.
I firmly believe that had Carrick been a regular in England’s midfield over the past five to six we would have looked a more creative side. If he’s good enough for Fergie and Manchester United, then who can argue?
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