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Placing the Emphasis on Carrick!

Although Sir Alex Ferguson has remarked that winning back the Premier League title is the main aim next season, he still wants the club to do better on the European stage.

Last season United crashed out of the group stage sin almost embarrassing fashion, but looking ahead to the Champions League this coming season, Sir Alex has a few thoughts about his midfield players, remarking,

"I think Michael Carrick is the key to it. He did really well in the second half of last season and I think he`s going to be the key man."

"Scholes will obviously play a part, Ryan Giggs as well and Tom Cleverley hopefully as well as Anderson if he keeps fit."

"They will all play a part, but, for me Carrick is the key player. If you look at the central midfielders in the Premier League, he can match up against any of them in terms of quality."


But Europe, that`s another question is it not?



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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday July 21 2012

Time: 12:09PM

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No offence lads, but Tom Cleverly is awful. After two decades of Robson, Ince, Keane, Scholes and the rest, he is just terrible. Hope Carrick doesn't get injured.
Tactically Challenge
"Carrick is the key player. If you look at the central midfielders in the Premier League, he can match up against any of them in terms of quality." hahahahahahahahahaha, Fergies trying his hand at stand up comedy now. Both Anderson and Carrick are fairly average maybe worse, Cleverly is a hope but just that at the moment, a hope, Giggs and Scholes are rightfully classed as Utd legends but our best options are Scholes and Giggs again and that's worrying. There needs to be some movement in the transfer market or our central midfield will let us down.
Kanchelskis
Cleverley is awful based on what Tactically Challenged? His first game since being able to play since injury whilst lacking match fitness for a poor, under aged and inexperience, scrambled together Team GB side against a much more technically gifted and better Brazil? Once he gets back to fitness I'm sure he'll putting in the same performances he did for us at the beginning of last season and it wasn't just coincidence that our best performances and form during the season was when Cleverlery was in midfield and died off when he got injured and couldn't add composure to it.
TheFamousNo7
Think you're being harsh on Carrick Kanchelskis. He's not the world beater Fergie has made him out to be, however he is a very good deep lying playmaker and has earned merit from both Scholes and Xabi Alonso, 2 of the best in the position he plays. He had a couple of seasons when he went off key and I fairly slated him for it but praise where it's due last season he was one of our unsung heroes and showed the form of pre-Barca2009. Looking at the deep lying playmaker position I think only Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Scholes, Pirlo and Modric can say their better everyone else is on par or below his standard. Granted he might not be United first team standard and pales in comparison to some of our previous midfield maestros but he is certainly squad member quality, assuming he doesn't going downhill again.
TheFamousNo7
As for my opinion on the article itself. Like I said before Fergie is overrating Carrick a bit here, he's a good player but that's about it, nothing special or world class about him. He should see us through the group stage yes but anyone who's a squad player at the club I expect that of. However when it gets to the knockout stages and your facing centrsl midfields made up of Kroos/Schweinsteiger, Xavi/Iniesta/Busquets/Fabregas, Alonso/Ozil/Khedira/Modric(maybe) thats when the strength of your midfield matters and where Carrick is a good squad player and should see us through th egroup stages hes not of the quality to match up against these talents players and it's where our team needs a more quality.
TheFamousNo7
TheFamousNo7, he is awful based upon everything I have seen him do in his career, apart from a very impressive 45 mins against City in the Charity Shield. His performance for team GB doesn't make him a bad player, much like his one performance against City doesn't make him a top/talented player. He is very ordinary when in and out of possession. Its nothing against him, in fact I like his determination to be the best he can be. Its just that he doesn't have the fundamental talent/ability to play for United. Wilshere, Huddlestone and Allen are far more talented footballers and they play for smaller clubs than Man U, they should all be high on Sir Alex's list. Cleverly is a decent PL player. Very similar to Jamie O'hara and Jordan Henderson. Nothing against any of these lads, but non should be at top 6 clubs, let alone a top 2 club!
Tactically Challenge
Out of curiousity, what have you seen him do to give you the authority to criticise him so harshly? He's no Jack Wilshere no, he doesn't play long 30 yard sweeping balls however his short pass and move play is great and allowed us to repeatedly break down premier league defences and added a lot of composure to out midfield and allowed us to dominate possession for a majority of the games in which he played. Like I said it wasn't just coincidence that when he was in the side and fit to play we had our best form nor is it coincedence that as soon as he got injured our best form went and we were lacking something in midfield, and aspect we didn't retain until Carrick rediscovered his best form and Scholes returned. Don't get us wrong mate no United fan think he's going to be a world beater but he's certainly a good player, enough to be a solid squad member and fight for a first team place and certainly not as bad or ordinary as you're making him out to be. How you can rate Allen so highly based on one season in the premier league is beyond me, he hasn't even had the displeasure of being man marked or had to endure 'professional fouls' like Cleverley had to in just his first few weeks of playing. You Spuds do an half rate Huddlestone highly to the point where you overrate him, par his passing range what abilities does he possess? If we're looking to buy midfielders we should be looking at true class players not average premier league midfielders like Huddlestone and Allen but M'Vila and Martinez maybe even Strootman or Elm.
TheFamousNo7
You won't win the title back if you have to rely on Carrick, Scholes and Giggs this season. You really do need to buy someone or you'll have to rely on Slur's bullying tactics to get you through games again this season.
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