Carrick once again lined up at centre-back in a 3-5-2 system and despite not being a natural defender, Carrick’s assurance on the ball was as important as ever given his team struggled in possession early on.
The midfielder was one of few who were willing to pass forward whilst Phil Jones and Jonny Evans passed sideways or backwards during a frustrating and familiar opening to the game for United.
Despite goals from three of United’s attackers and some great saves by David De Gea, goal scorer van Persie was quick to single out Carrick for praise after the match.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, van Persie said: ”I think Michael Carrick made the difference today, he is so confident on the ball. All of the defenders were calm today.”
Carrick was in sumptuous form once again, completing 93% of his passes but his impressive statistics are nothing new to United supporters.
What’s more impressive is that United have now won six on the bounce and Carrick has played in every single one of them. Having not featured at all this season until a substitute appearance against Manchester City, the stat cannot be a coincidence and only proves Carrick’s importance to the team.