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Ryan Giggs explains why Michael Carrick is so valuable to Jose Mourinho

by Tanveer Arayan

Ryan Giggs has explained why Michael Carrick remains a valuable asset for Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, noting that his presence on the pitch empowers those around him.

The 35-year-old played a key role in engendering some important stability at the base of midfield last season, making 38 appearances and receiving a one year extension as a result.

He provided something of a collector’s item last Sunday by scoring during his testimonial match between the Man United side of 2008 and a selected All Stars XI.

And Giggs, who played alongside Carrick during the testimonial, was full of praise for his former teammate.

“Michael just makes players around him play better,” he said.

“He’s got that calming influence that you can see on and off the pitch, it’s a pleasure to play with him. When you play with players, you want to trust them when they have the ball and Michael is one of those players.

“When he is on the pitch, you can trust him. He always makes the right decision.”

Carrick’s testimonial felt strange in the sense that, for perhaps the first time in the 35-year-old’s career, he was very much the star of the show.

Seeing the Englishman play with his former teammates like Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs forced supporters into appreciating how the Englishman has retained his place in the senior side (to a far greater extent than Wayne Rooney, the only other current United player who featured) years after those present in Moscow nine years ago hung up their boots.

And supporters will be lucky enough to see the midfielder, whose footballing style appears to transcend age itself, calmly orchestrate proceedings in midfield once again next season.

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