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Carrick's Red Could Be A Blessing In Disguise

Carrick's Red Could Be A Blessing In Disguise

Michael Carrick spent 30 seconds less on the pitch than those of his teammates who competed from the first whistle to the last at the San Siro last night. The midfielder was sent off deep into injury time for the perceived offence of kicking the ball away.

"It was very soft to be honest," Carrick told Sky Sports News.

"It rolled at me and I flicked it into Pat`s path as he`s ran past me. It wasn`t as if there was a player from their team trying to get it and it didn`t slow the game down in any way. I was just shocked really, to be honest."

Thing is, Carrick will now miss the second leg against AC Milan but to be honest, with a midfield three of Fletcher, Anderson and Scholes we should be able to secure a draw at home against an ageing Milan team who failed to make the most of their home advantage and United's willingness to give the ball away in their own third. And if we go through, Carrick will certainly be available for the quarter-final, he does not have to fret about picking up a booking during the second game. So there's a positive even to his red card.

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Date:Wednesday February 17 2010
Time: 7:16PM


Anderson HAS to play next leg - hes just what we need - and I would like to see Giggsy play at least half a match - I liked the formation, both wingers had chance to get forward in support of Rooeny - and it wasnt a defensive lineup/formation as some people thing...
Score line proved that!
17/02/2010 22:27:00
I agree, the team essentially picks itself with carrick out, and it should stop fletcher being deployed on the left. Fletcher, Scholes, Anderson, Park, Rooney and Valencia should be more than enough for milan. Although watching arsenal yesterday, there just seems to be an inferiority complex that plagues english teams and causes them to start game really nervously. Hopefully, at home we should finish the game off professionally.
18/02/2010 13:59:00
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