Michael Carrick has become a key part of Manchester United’s team once again this season as the side won their sixth game in a row against Liverpool on Sunday.
Carrick made his return as a substitute in the defeat to Manchester City in November and has started all six games since then with United winning every single one of them.
The 33-year-old was one of many who struggled for form under David Moyes but Carrick has returned better than ever and United supporters will be pleased given how long the midfielder has been out for.
The England international was ruled out for several months on the day of Louis van Gaal‘s first press conference at Old Trafford but has hit the sort of form that saw him become invaluable during Sir Alex Ferguson‘s last season in charge.
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Given he has been asked to fill in several times at the back in a 3-5-2 formation, Carrick’s form has been all the more impressive for it.
Whilst other defenders haven’t looked nervous and uncomfortable on the ball, Carrick’s calmness has added at least a small amount of assurance in defence alongside the likes of Jonny Evans, who’s back-pass against Liverpool almost let in Raheem Sterling for a goal.