Michael Carrick has seamlessly come back into Manchester United’s side and slotted in like he never left.
The 33-year-old midfielder’s return was perfectly timed due to Daley Blind‘s serious knee injury and back in his natural central midfield role, Carrick has shown his influence hasn’t waned despite his long absence from the side.
United have had three consecutive wins with Carrick back in the team but despite the current good form, he feels he still needs time to find his best form.
“It takes a few games,” he said.
“That was only my third start in seven months but I felt fine.
“It’s just a case of getting back into the swing of things and finding your rhythm really. So hopefully the more games I have the better I’ll get.”
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Carrick orchestrated United’s dominant performance against Hull alongside Juan Mata and Ander Herrera. Between the three of them, they kept complete control of the ball which allowed United to dictate both halves.
Too many times this season United have uncomfortably slumbered in the second half after a strong first 45 minutes but with Carrick back in the side, that slump didn’t happen.
That being said, Hull were very passive against United so it will be interesting to see how Carrick fares in the tougher games against the likes of Southampton and Liverpool but if he is playing this good without being in top form, he’ll be phenomenal when firing on all cylinders.