Alas poor Carrick...WTF has happened?

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    Wish we had him when playing Basel away.
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    Elliott Likes Loan Stickies

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    Yeah, I fecking hate watching world class players play for my team.
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    Depends on how you'd judge importance though, doesnt it? Who in your opinion is the most important cw? Consider the backup we have for him and then the backup we have for carrick. Thats how i judge his importance. The only midfielder in our squad capable of doing his job.
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    He's been really consistent for a fair while and there hasn't been much mention of it - not really fair when we consider how much he's been decimated in the past. Much has been made of our midfield woes but we haven't been so bad there recently - I thought it was good against Arsenal (first half particularly).

    I'm not Carrick's biggest fan but I'm really glad for him that he's doing so well currently, and he should be the first starter in our midfield at the moment.
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    MacMUFC Banned

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    Amazing people cant see he's easily the most important player to us right now, it really is...
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    Carrick's been steadily improving since around March 2011. By and large, his form has been terrific. He's the form central midfielder in the Premier League - no credit though.

    No matter, you know he's on his game when the critics are silenced - that's as good as it gets. They'll pipe up next time he has an under par game.

    What's most noticeable is his sudden willingness to mix up the 'safe' passes with the attacking ones.

    What has caused the sudden surge of confidence? His 18 months of poor form coincided with a niggling injury or two, perhaps he is now in tip-top physical shape? Perhaps he has suddenly realised that his inferiority relative to Barca's midfield doesn't mean he needs to regress into his shell? Perhaps he's taken Fergie's advice and realised, at 30, that it's now his time to run the midfield?

    In this form, he's a class act and where the debate once raged over who should replace him, it's now centred on who should play alongside him. That's a real positive for us because we need continuity in midfield and Carrick's got the ability, excepting injuries, to play 50 games a season. And with regular midfield selections, we'll get better rhythm and understanding in that area.
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    adexkola American Arse

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    No. He was out early during the season, and we had a great run back then. He's indispensable in the cover he gives to the defense, but he's not our most important player. If he is, there's a problem somewhere.

    And his critics have shut up, and he's been getting praise, because... wait for it... he's been playing very well :eek:
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    Feed Me I'm hungry

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    You could argue the lack of a viable alternative to him makes him indispensable and, at least, one of our most important players.

    We're never as cohesive without him in the side - we don't attack as well, and we don't look as secure defensively.
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    He is one of our most important players. There you have it, I'm a pedantic bastard

    I think we miss Vidic more. As good as Smalling, Evans and Rio have been, you just can't replace Vidic out there.
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    Yeah, I'd go with that.
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    fanutd Full Member

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    What a player :drool:

    Its like the roles have completely reversed, 2-3 seasons ago Carrick looked to scholes to pull the strings and keep ball under pressure and now the opposite!
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    And according to Fergie he plays with an injury in this game too.
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    That left foot volley to switch the play... Such awareness and execution.

    Having a nucleus of him and Scholes again is pure sex at times :)
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    That was stunning. I suspected it was going no-where until it got to Valencia and well... I was just :drool:
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    I thought he was very very good. Defensively did very well. And some of the passing was just brilliant.
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    Great game from him today. Did such a good job shielding the back four and his passing was excellent again.
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    I agree :drool:
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    I raise you that with the through ball for Welbeck which put him 1v1
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    Pogue Mahone Poster of the year 2008

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    Really good AGAIN.

    Our best player this season IMO.
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    Rado_N Grinner ruined my tagline

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    Agreed. There was a thread in the newbies recently about the player of the season so far and I said in there that I can't look past him; he's been by far our most consistent performer.
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    Proverbial first name on the team sheet.

    Helps having a rejuvenated Scholes who's playing like he's just found an extra credit in the arcade machine when he thought it was Game Over.
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    Easy game tonight.. Should have maybe scored with the two chances but overall a good performance.

    Also hope he didn't get a concussion in the 2nd half.. Can't deal with another injury right now..
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    When he plays like this, there is no controversy, no dividing of opinion and no doubt as to his quality. If he was to keep playing this well for the next 3 months (touch wood), he will walk it as our player of the season.
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    I think he struggled a bit to get into the game, but as soon as he got into the game, Stoke had no chance
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    Fantastic performance today. Did he give the ball away once?
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    adexkola American Arse

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    I wouldn't call his performance fantastic.
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    amolbhatia100 Barbiturates ain't got nothin' on me

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    He was alright today. I thought it wasn't the highest quality match to be honest. Rafael and De Gea stood out for me.
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    Save for letting Luiz go for that goal, he was awesome. That long ball in second half to the flank for example was something else.
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    charlenefan Far less insightful than the other Charley

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    I thought he was brilliant today, bar far the best midfielder on the pitch
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    paul scholes - in the short time he was on he sprayed the ball wing to wing and finally gave united the wingers space they could make earlier. game changer.

    Carrick was pretty f'n good except for not marking anyone in the box on the 3rd goal.
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    Well disciplined and some great tackles and interceptions. I'd say it's almost impossible for Carrick to have a bad game with Giggs and/or Scholes in the same team though, they compliment him so well and make his job 10 x easier, and allow him the space to play his natural game.
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    He's been in absolutely cracking form this season. Deffo one of our best players, wouldn't want us to play a team without him in it at the moment.
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    SAF challenged him to take centre mid by the scruff of the neck a few months ago. He has done that. brilliant form by him and one of the first names on the team sheet for big games now. great game today
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    passing percentage??
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    I might get slated by some for saying this, but I don't think he was as good as some people are saying today. He was solid, but not spectacular. I certainly don't think he was MOTM as some people were suggesting.
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    elmo Can never have too many Eevees

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    I thought he and Giggs looked average till Scholes came on.
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    Ash_G Full Member

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    I thought they were fine, we just needed to use the ball better in their final third. Were it not for the stupid goals we were largely in control. In attack we were a bit slow and so let chelsea get back in numbers. Once we turned up the pace though we cut through them pretty easy it was just the final ball.
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    Pogue Mahone Poster of the year 2008

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    I didn't watch the game live so was able to judge it without being pissed off about the scoreline. We bossed midfield the whole game. Carrick was the best midfielder on the pitch.

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