Michael Carrick has no doubt had his best season in a Manchester United shirt this season having played 33 games scoring one goal and creating four.
But it is not the statistics that have made Carrick‘s season. It is the impact that he has had on the team when he has played which has seen many people comparing him to the soon to be retired Paul Scholes.
United have depended on Carrick to rule the midfield and he has consistently delivered with fantastic performances all season.
And ahead of Arsenal tomorrow, Wenger has heaped praise on PFA nominee Carrick.
“He is a quality passer,” Wenger said.
“He could play for Barcelona, he would be perfectly suited to their game. He has good vision and is an intelligent player, and it is for what he has achieved in his whole career as well.
“It is this year or never for him, just because he is 31 and after, they go down.”
Wenger is obviously a keen admirer of the England international and by process of elimination, he thinks Carrick’s attitude towards the game and his consistency could be the deciding factor.
“You have few choices,” he continued.
“Robin stayed for a while without scoring and the PFA vote happened during that period so that could go against him. You had Suarez but he has bitten into his reward.
“You have Gareth Bale. I think Carrick is an underrated player in England and sometimes not only should the goalscorer be rewarded but the real players at the heart of the game.”
After the PFA player of the year nominees were announced last week, many people have had their say on who they think should win the award and who they think should have been nominated.
Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez, Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and United duo Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick have all being nominated for the award, which in the past has been won by some of the all time greats including Ryan Giggs and Eric Cantona along with Dennis Bergkamp and Alan Shearer.
Although it is unlikely that Carrick will win, it is richly deserved public admiration for a player who has endured seasons of being wrongly accused of being a weak link.
“It is a great honour to be nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award by my fellow professionals,” said Carrick in association with PUMA.
“It has been a great season for Manchester United and being nominated for The PFA Player of the Year award as well as winning the league caps a wonderful season for me.”
It’s Carrick, you know?