Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick was back to his composed and brilliant best against Hull City on Saturday.
Carrick missed the early months of Louis van Gaal‘s time in charge of the club with injury and returned earlier this month against Manchester City, filling in at centre-back.
Today, Carrick was influential alongside Ander Herrera in midfield as the pair controlled the match with Herrera’s short passing and movement key whilst Carrick sat deep and pulled out some of his signature long range passes.
Most notably his ball over the top for Robin van Persie in the second half brought back memories of Carrick of two years ago when he was superb in United’s last Premier League title and Carrick’s importance to the team wasn’t lost on supporters.
Carrick Mom for me. But close call. Thought Smalling Rojo Herrera and Rooney all did well.
— Howellsey (@RalphieMilne) November 29, 2014
Carrick was majestic today! #mufc
— Stanley Chow (@stan_chow) November 29, 2014
Carrick was at the heart of everything that was good about United today and Man of the Match for me.
— Chris Fleming (@Chris__Fleming) November 29, 2014
Carrick man of the match for me. Was outstanding. So calm on the ball and kept everything moving
— James Stretford (@Jamesstretford) November 29, 2014
Incidentally, Carrick has been terrific today
— Mark J Payne (@MarkJPayne) November 29, 2014
Carrick sat deep with Fellaini which allowed Herrera to influence the game higher up the field and it would be a surprise to see Carrick drop out of the team on Tuesday night.