Manchester United supporters have expressed their disappointment with Michael Carrick‘s display during their side’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.
The 35-year-old, who was left on the bench against Celta Vigo in midweek, started in midfield alongside Axel Tuanzebe at White Hart Lane and failed to offer any assurance as the home side quickly took hold of proceedings.
Man United fans were quick to express their chagrin as Carrick regularly found himself all at sea against an aggressive Spurs midfield.
Carrick has been a passenger.
— Lulama (@MKThabo93) May 14, 2017
Carrick is finished
— 3. (@Attacking_LWB) May 14, 2017
Carrick has been in decline for a few years and still a quality player. What have we done to replace him? Nothing.
— Ashley 🥀 (@avenueofkings) May 14, 2017
Carrick is finished in these high tempo games. Keep him to bring on for experience and captain the Cup team for next season 👍🏽
— Jan (@JanUtd1) May 14, 2017
Carrick’s poise and control at the base of midfield this season has often belied his age. At his best almost sense he could exercise the same calming, metronomic influence for a few more years.
At White Hart Lane, however, you sense Carrick was feeling every single one of those 35 years as Spurs’ midfield – faster, stronger, more motivated – ripped through him, time and time again, brutally brushing his idiosyncratic style to one side and relentlessly bombing forward. This was, in many ways, the new triumphing over the old: Spurs are a club moving forward broad horizons, employing a powerful, notably 21st-century turbo-charged style of football.
Carrick’s simpler, more aesthetic style has often prevailed this season, but it looked decidedly fraught at White Hart Lane.