Jonny Evans: Michael Carrick has years left at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Former Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has insisted that Michael Carrick can still play for years at Old Trafford.

The 35-year-old enjoyed a sensational eleventh campaign at Man United under Jose Mourinho, serving as a reliable pivot in defensive midfield and making 38 appearances in total.

He was duly awarded with another extension on his contract soon after victory over Ajax that keeps him at United until at least 2018.

And Evans, when asked about his former teammate, has noted that Carrick could keep playing for a few more years.

“I always used to say to Michael that he has got the best physique of any footballer I have ever seen!” he said.

“He is lean, he has got great posture, he is in proportion and you can see that his body is designed to be a footballer.

“It is the perfect build for this game. He looks after himself, he is very professional and he can go on for a long time. He can play for years yet, I really believe that.”

Perhaps Carrick’s continued exclusion from the England side over the past few years is indeed a testament to his mercerising style in itself.

The 35-year-old happily exists outside the criteria usually used for finding ‘proper’ English midfielders, declining brutishness and ‘pashun’ and opting for poise and calculation instead. Such has always been the way for Carrick, perhaps the Premier League’s last real post-modern footballer.

The usual requirements for a midfielder in this division have never applied to Carrick; his style has always been one of patience and a kind of simplicity that could, as Evans notes, elongate his time at the top for a few more years yet.

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