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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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e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

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arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

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e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

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