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Carrick's Dream Could Be United's Nightmare

Carrick's Dream Could Be United's Nightmare

Oh, another wretched little international break, one so unnecessary that I'd love to scream. There's a Germany v England game all right and I appreciate the history and everything but it's at a bloody bad time.

Michael Carrick, having returned to form, earned a call-up from Fabio Capello and he's singing all the right songs about his pride of wearing the England shirt.

'We are playing for England and that is the stuff of dreams,' he said on Monday. 'If you ask any player if they want to play in England against Germany they will tell you it is a massive game.

'It is one I watched when I was growing up and wished that I would one day play in. It is not a hindrance at all, it is a massive honour.

'It is England versus Germany in Berlin at the Olympic Stadium. The players are desperate to be a part of it.'


Yeah, it's admirable commitment etc., etc. But from a United perspective it's quite depressing. Just think about it, think about our options in central midfield. Hargreaves out for the season, Scholes's return still a few weeks away and Fletcher's struggling with a knee injury.

So, what do the two fully fit central midfielders do? One of them play for England at Germany and the other will travel to Brazil to play against Portugal, with our two most penetrative wingers as well. An injury to either of Carrick or Anderson before three away games at Aston Villa, Villarreal and Manchester City would quite simply be disastrous.

O'Shea recently claimed that Sir Alex is happy to let players go to international duty. Fat chance. He might put on a brave face but you can bet that inside he fiercely agrees with Wenger who took time out of his schedule to blast these pointless friendlies yet again. And though I'm not liable to agree with the Frenchman too often he's got my full sympathy on this front.



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Writer:Zae
Date:Monday November 17 2008
Time: 7:25PM

Comments

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so then don't read it.
Paulinho
18/11/2008 00:26:00
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I don't mind internationals, in fact they sometimes come in useful in building confidence (after all, Rooney's great scoring run followed the two England games). At least only Carrick is in the England squad; hopefully Rio and Rooney should be well rested and recovered from injury for the weekend.
Man utd champions
18/11/2008 11:59:00
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lol...2 most dangerous wingers?.....what crackpot are you mancs smoking these days. Carrick or no Carrick , it makes no difference, no title for Man U this year.
I Bling Red
18/11/2008 12:29:00
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united will win the premiserhsip this season the top 3 still have 2 come 2 united, and it's pointless 2 have a international friendly in middle of a premiership season why can't they do it at the end of the season?
matth01
18/11/2008 13:42:00
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Carrick did very well for England in mid-week (can't believe he's nearly always left out) and didn't suffer any injuries, so hopefully we can just about drag a team out for the Villa game - my bet is van der sar rafael rio (if fit, evans if not) vidic evra ronaldo carrick fletcher nani (i think with the pace of Villa he will be prefered to Giggs) rooney tevez
Man utd champions
22/11/2008 08:31:00
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