Originally Posted by rcoobc
I agree with Gaza, In my opinion Carrick did deserve to be in the team. I love Carrick, maybe I'm blinded by that but his contribution was ridiculously undervalued back then. In my opinion Carrick's fantastic form and "cannot be dropped" status has been since the summer of 2009, before that Fletcher and Scholes where probably ahead of him, but since then Carrick has always been in the number 2, because of how good he makes the guy next to him. Perfect for Frank.
I agree with you there Varun. Defoe or Bent did seem to me to be the best choices the partner Rooney, but I'd have given my left leg for him to break away from 4-4-2. If Gerrard wanted to play, he could have been off the striker as he was with Torres for quite a while.
Originally Posted by gza the genius
Even back then I would have had Carrick over Barry. Even with Carrick not playing as well as he is now he still would have provided a lot of stability to that midfield and would've been a fantastic partner for Lampard/Gerrard or whoever.
Well, i'l have to disagree then. Barry over Carrick back then made sense to me. Carrick wasnt in the best of form and looked short on confidence. Barry gave them the stability that the team needed.
The main problem was the ridiculous attempt to play the 4-4-2 when clearly well short of a quality 2nd striker to partner rooney. he should have just played rooney up top on his own with gerrard behind him.
Things have changed now though. would love to see either of these depending on the opposition.