Michael Carrick has enjoyed a very strong return to action for Manchester United since he came back after ankle surgery.
The 33-year-old midfielder has played in all four of United’s last games and Henry Winter from The Times believes he has been a key reason why United have gone on a winning streak, an opinion shared by Eurosport’s Jim White.
Carrick’s return couldn’t have been better timed due to Daley Blind‘s serious injury and what has been so impressive about his return is the fact he never looked like he had been missing in the first place.
There’s no question Carrick has brought something new into United’s side that wasn’t there in his absence. Carrick knows when to speed up a game and when to slow it down to concentrate on retaining possession, which allows United to maintain more control. Plenty of times earlier this season United were unable to close out games like that.
Measured passes short and long, composed tackling and second to none ball retention, White and Winter both have justifiable arguments to suggest Carrick has been the heartbeat of United’s recent success.
Do you think Michael Carrick has been the most influential player in Manchester United’s recent good form?