Michael Carrick – Manchester United best player this season?




A sigh of relief was echoed around Old Trafford as Michael Carrick’s name wasn’t in the starting line up. Months after months the fans disliked him, every mistake that occurred, Michael Carrick was blamed. He didn’t pass the ball correctly, he didn’t clear the ball more accurately, the fans complained, and that was harsh on Michael. However, right now, the fans would cheer his name, he is the key to our midfielder problems, time after time he has been accused of a poor passing rate and passing it backwards quite often; now he became a fans favorite, passing the ball more smoothly, creating goals, and even scoring them. How come suddenly he’s a fans favorite?


At the start of the season, the midfield duo of Andeson and Tom Cleverley emerged, United were unbeaten for four games, both of them started in those four games. United in the process of those four games scored 28 goals and conceded three goals. Everything was going great, Anderson continued on his spectacular form, which started at the end of last season. Tom Cleverley broke into the first team, and managed to hold down a starting role, after his superb showing in the Community Shield victory of Manchester City. He was the key into the equalizing goal, passing the ball in tight areas freely; the goal was a treat to the eyes. Cleverly instantly became a fans favorite. This wasn’t the case in the summer though; Sir Alex was under heated criticism from the fans after he didn’t purchase a central midfielder. After months of speculation and rumors that one of Nasri, Modric, or even Wesley Sneijder will be joining the club, Sir Alex didn’t purchase any of them. In fact he purchased a winger and a 16 million teenage center back from Blackburn, the fans were baffled. The fans all wanted a central midfielder, who can pass the ball more effectively, score some goals, and boss the midfield. The midfield partnership of Cleverley and Anderson was a combination of those traits. Cleverley was passing the ball on the pitch effectively, while Anderson was scoring a couple of goals, which came against Tottenham and Norwich. During the Bolton match, Cleverley picked up an injury from a heavy Kevin Davies tackle, which sidelined Cleverley for a period of time.


With Cleverley’s injury, Sir Alex Ferguson had no choice but to partner Darren Fletcher with Anderson, which worked out well too. They started three games, a win over Chelsea, a draw against Stoke, and a win over Norwich. Anderson scored in the Norwich match, things were going pretty great for Manchester United, unbeaten in seven games, and the fans were enjoying every moment of it. Many fans were surprised that Fletcher started in all those three games, due to the fact with Fletcher’s illness. After the Norwich match, Anderson picked up a slight knock and didn’t play in the Liverpool match. At that time, he was our best midfielder, so Sir Alex picked him and Fletcher for the City match, an after that Anderson picked up another injury. So in came Wayne Rooney as a central midfielder. For two consecutive games he started as a midfielder, we won both games by one goal, because of the lack of creativity upfront. However, everything changed when Michael Carrick regained full fitness.


Michael Carrick started against Swansea, who had the best passing accuracy in the premier league, obviously this was going to be a tough match. Michael Carrick had attempted the most passes, with 96. He completed 92 of those passes, with 12 of the passes going backwards. That was a success rate of 96%. Michael started all of our league matches after the Swansea match. In all of those matches, he attempted over 40 passes, bar the Blackburn match, where he attempted 38 passes. His lowest success rate was against Bolton, where he attempted 66 passes and completed 56, with a success rate of 81%, if that’s not consistent then I don’t know what it.

He also attempted 73 passes against Wolves, and completed 66, with a success rate of 90%. He also had a success rate of 98% against Wigan, he attempted 40 passes and completed 39. Carrick also scored two goals in eleven games, his first goal came against QPR, after Joey Barton misplaced a pass, Carrick took the ball took on four QPR players, then slotted the ball into the net. His second goal came against Bolton, he received a pass, took the ball, as the Stretford End yelled out shoot, Carrick shot and scored. Michael Carrick is turning into a new player. His passing success rate is 89% for the season.




Passes completed

success rate





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Full success rate:



The fans should be pretty pleased with Michaels work ethic, he never complains when he’s not picked, and when he is chosen he gives it his all. Manchester United fans need to realize that we don’t have the amount of money our neighbors have, we are winning titles and reaching Champions League finals with determination and hard work, we have the desire as a team, while most Manchester City players go there because of the high wages. Carrick is one of those players, he can go to other clubs, like Spurs or Arsenal, and he’ll get a starting role, but he remains loyal. He is now one of the most important players at the club, and not because of his performances, but also his off the field behavior, and his influence on the younger players at the club. The club is in a process of rebuilding the team, the new younger players can learn from Michael Carrick, he wasn’t liked at first, but now he is. He is a role model to our younger players, and that is very important for the clubs future.



By KhalidMUFC

4 comments on “Michael Carrick – Manchester United best player this season?

  1. I always thought Michael Carrick was and is a very very good midfielder, he should be a regular in the england first eleven.
    This season he has by far outshown all other english midfielders.
    You are the best Mr Carrick

  2. Michael carrick has intimidating statistics. He is the player of the year. And the most improved united player,OBVIOUSLY

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