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We've Got Our Carrick Back?

Michael Carrick has been bloody awful so far this season. No reason to deny it: he was shocking at Burnley, he disappeared against Arsenal, he could not find his teammates at Besiktas... even against Wolves he could not exert his authority on the game.

He's been given another chance, against German champions Wolfsburg, for an important Champions League game. And this time I feel he grasped it: he was energetic, his passing was good and precise, he created chances for his teammates and got into good positions in front of goal himself.

He missed a sitter, at which point I was extremely worried whether this might put another downer on his season but his majestic goal must have been a real confidence boost, crowning a good night's work. Does this mean we've got our Carrick back? We'll see but it's clear that Fergie wants to give him every chance to prove himself again and it's also obvious that he desperately wants to do well, to get back into the team.

After all, he's been a fixture in central midfield for the best part of the last three seasons - but this struggle for his place might do him the world of good in the end. Rumours started circulating that Carrick might be back at Spurs sooner rather than later - tonight he showed glimpses of why that move would be a big mistake for the player and for United. Let's hope it wasn't just a fleeting moment, that he'll keep it up now.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 30 2009

Time: 10:59PM

Your Comments

Thats the Carrick I know. I thought he was outstanding tonight, bit harsh on his first chance but he more than made up for it.
NotoriousRedDevil
Players can't always be top notch, dips in form happen.
Paulinho
Is Carrick a defensive midfielder or the classic central midfielder type?
JT_daniel
Very well taken goal right in front of us Stretford Enders - loved it - his composure was fantastic - you knew exactly where he was going to palce it, and score he did
niteworlok
Without the artist formerly known as CR7, it was always going to be important for our other midfielders to step up their games. Carrick, Anderson and Scholes allstarted worryingly but have all improved drastically in the last few games. Fletcher and Giggs have been immaculate and when Hargreaves comes back hopefully he'll be that additional ingredient we need to challenge on all fronts. I'd still say we need more from Nani, Park and Valencia. We're traditionally strong on the wings and Giggsys form has taken everyone by suprise and perhaps covered up for the fact that none of our other 3 wingers has yet made an impact. The only positive is that we have a plan B on the wings (even though it is completely unproven) in the form of Tosic, Ljajic and Obertan. If all three can improve their physiques I'm sure fergie would have no problems bringing them on as impact subs of the other 3 dont make their mark on a game.
tuscan3000
And then 2 - 3 years down the road it will be their time to shine as regular first teamers (Tosic, Ljajic and Obertan)
niteworlok
Speak yourself, I for one have never doubted Giggs. The guy is truely class, one of my mates from work has been a Spurs fan for 30 years and he said Ryan Giggs is the best player ever. Hard to disagree IMO. I think in Valencia we have a player who's goalscoring record will rival that of Anderson's but his crossing is good. I'm looking forward to seeing Obertan.
NotoriousRedDevil
What a game for Carrick solid performance i hope he breaks back into the first squad again. And yeah im also looking forward to seeing Obertan in action.
One United 92
dude valencia shows no signs of improvement and he will never be good enough, nani has every chance to make it..i don't know why he hasn't taken his chance like i thought he would...I hope that carrick is back to his best we need that very very much...I think its normal to expect that sort of reaction it has happened to all sorts of players after big cup losses...it takes a while to forget about it...especially if you feel your part of the problem... I am really excited by owen's return
ibrahiy
 

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