Rio hails Carrick's influence

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has called for Michael Carrick to start getting the recognition he deserves.

Last Updated: 12/03/13 at 14:29 Post Comment

Rio Ferdinand: Huge admirer of Michael Carrick

Rio Ferdinand: Huge admirer of Michael Carrick

The United midfielder is rarely lauded in the same manner as so many of his compatriots.

Carrick's international career still only extends to 26 caps, a surprisingly low figure for a rare breed of English midfielder who treats possession so carefully.

The 31-year-old's understated brilliance was encapsulated by the magnificent pass that picked out Javier Hernandez for United's opener against Chelsea on Sunday.

"Michael is the most under-rated and under-valued player in the league," said Ferdinand. "No-one else could play a pass like he did for Javier's goal. It has to be the ball of the season. But I am sure no-one will talk about it.

"It will be swept under the carpet and all the talk will be about other players who maybe do a little bit more explosive things than Michael does.

"He is laid back and plays at his own pace, so he always goes un-noticed. But he is valued highly by each member of our squad, don't worry about that."

Ferdinand believes Carrick has stepped up his game this season and is now one of Sir Alex Ferguson's key men.

"He has stepped up," added Ferdinand. "With Scholesy not playing as many games the responsibility has gone to Michael and he has handled it superbly.

"You just wish players like that didn't have to go through their careers searching for accolades.

"You would like to think people would give them out. That hasn't been the case with Michael, which is unfortunate."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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