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Carrick Not Concerned By Criticism - He's Right

There are many amazing things in football. Brazil 1970; the fact that very few women can ever understand the offside rule; that people actually believe Liverpool are going to win the title under Benitez.

But for me, none more amazing at the moment than that Michael Carrick still has to answer to doubters who are not convinced by two seasons' worth of solid, reliable displays which played a huge part in United's success.

He of course came with a huge price tag and got the No. 16 shirt which was bound to add to the media's expectation - and unfortunately, many United fans jumped on to the Carrick-slagging bandwagon.

'I didn't feel any weight of expectation,' Carrick insisted to Setanta. 'People were talking about it, but it is only a shirt and doesn't make too much difference.

'You've got to go out there and play your games so it didn't really make too much difference to me.


The argument most often brought forth was that he's not a midfield enforcer in the mould of Keane, he can't be expected to run from box-to-box, tackling everyone in sight and leading the team as Roy did. It was said he was only a silky passer with good intelligence on the field and not a proper hardman.

And what happened? Carrick provided silky passing and timely interceptions, exactly what could be expected of him and he did this at a very high standard. Yet some regarded this as a disappointment, despite that fact that his style fitted into United's football which brought us a league title in his first season.

True, I also criticised him at the autumn of 2007 - he simply wasn't performing up to the standards he had set for himself. But in the second half of the season he regained his form and produced some absolutely brilliant displays.

He added a Champions League title to his collection as well, converting his penalty in the shootout - and he's still got to face journalists who are questioning him about alleged doubters. What does he need to do? Turn into Roy Keane?

Everyone knew from the start that he's not Roy Keane so why blame him for it? He's a different character and a different player with a different style - but so far, the same success.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 3 2008

Time: 9:05PM

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Think there are plenty of teams across Europe that would love to have the lad.
codbater
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03/07/2008 21:44:00

think hes agood player and he should be able to handle criticism every player has been criticised even th best
jamiekilgannon1
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03/07/2008 23:02:00

Even me, and I don't play football.
Tosswink
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04/07/2008 09:01:00

agree jamie, i think hes a good player, think he will play a big part this season for united.
wimp2k7
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04/07/2008 11:37:00

he was the best english midfielder last season and somehow capello doesnt pick him.
rooneyisgod
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04/07/2008 21:11:00

Suffering an attack of delusion there, RIG? BTW, I thought you hate Scousers? If so, why do you think a Scouser is God? ;)
Aamir
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05/07/2008 15:33:00

my opinion is that he is better then barry but yet he gets overlooked for the england squad
Lil Carlitos
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05/07/2008 16:03:00

i agree, better than barry.
RadioactiveD
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07/07/2008 02:46:00

what he (carrick) is basically trying to say is 'THE NAME ON FRONT OF THE SHIRT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE ONE ON THE BACK...OR NUMBER FOR THAT MATTER'......i think even with my distaste of ronaldo..coming to think about it...hes the only player i dont like....i think you have currently the best midfield combo in carrick and scholes....(dont stare i may be a spurs fan but i love football...whoever plays it)
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