To come away from a game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge with a good feeling is always positive.
To come away from a game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge with a good feeling after a loss is unprecedented. Well, it was.
Manchester United’s performance at the weekend was as good as they have played there but one key ingredient was missing: Michael Carrick.
His absence changed the whole dynamic for United. Without him and Daley Blind, Wayne Rooney was forced to play in midfield and without Rooney up front, Radamel Falcao stepped in to replace him. Neither change helped United at all, nor did Ander Herrera having to play as a holding midfielder.
Rooney wasn’t as dangerous in a deeper role and Falcao continued his abject performances this season in another opportunity that has now passed him by.
So, one player fans are desperate to see return this weekend for the Everton game is Carrick. They say you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone and that was true of United without Carrick against Chelsea. With him back in the side, the likes of Rooney and Herrera can return to the roles which allowed them to flourish during United’s six game winning streak.