Michael Carrick | It's a confidence thing

Michael Carrick | It's a confidence thing

When the news came through last March that United had agreed a new deal with midfielder Michael Carrick, it was met with some scepticism, especially among United fans that I know. When Carrick signed from Spurs in 2006 he took the number 16 shirt worn by Roy Keane, but it was clear from day one he was not going to be the same time of player. Whilst Keane brought a “grab the game by the scruff of the neck” type …
Man Utd 2 Liverpool 1 | Opta Stats Report

Man Utd 2 Liverpool 1 | Opta Stats Report

After the plain ridiculousness of handshakegate, there was actually a football match played on Saturday at Old Trafford. The game wasn’t the greatest spectacle for a worldwide TV audience. In fact, the first half may as well not have happened. With the exception of a good chance for Paul Scholes, and Suarez further endearing himself to everyone congregated at OT that didn’t wear Dalglish’s tinted specs, there really wasn’t anything to shout about. United got off to a flyer in …
United do enough against QPR | Stats

United do enough against QPR | Stats

Goals from Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick were enough for United to maintain the pressure on Manchester City at the top of the Premier League, following a comfortable victory over QPR at Loftus Road. Wayne Rooney's 53rd second header started United's return to the top of the table - even if only for a few hours - and QPR rarely looked like threatening their voyage back to where they believe they belong. United dominated the game, having chance after chance …
Michael Carrick - Reborn | Opta Stats

Michael Carrick - Reborn | Opta Stats

Since that night in Rome in 2009 where Manchester United lost to Barcelona 2-0 in the final of the UEFA Champions League, Michael Carrick has been the equivalent to marmite in the eyes of many fans. You either love him or hate him. After some really fine performances so far this season is this about to change? Although admittedly I've always been a fan of Michael Carrick, his performances this season have been nothing short of brilliant. He has become more …
Carrick & Jones | Man Utd midfield solution?

Carrick & Jones | Man Utd midfield solution?

The Man Utd midfield has been much talked about this season from the early praise of the Anderson/Cleverley partnership, to the lack of no summer signing and now back to some more praise on a new partnership. Phil Jones, seen by many as a future CB has been given a midfield role alongside Michael Carrick in Man Utd's last two Premier League games and impressed. Ok it was only Aston Villa and Wolves but still, the way our season has been going …
Villa 0 -1 Man Utd | Quick Stat Analysis

Villa 0 -1 Man Utd | Quick Stat Analysis

FT Aston Villa 0-1 Man Utd. Jones (20). Attacking Stats: Aston Villa - Shots 8, On Target 2, Goals 0, Chances Created 6, Crosses 8/23. Man Utd - Shots 14, On Target 4, Goals 1, Chances Created 13, 3/22. Possession Stats: Aston Villa - Possession 43.8%, Territory 45.2%, Passes 237/355/67%. Man Utd - Possession 56.2%, Territory 54.8%, Passes 379/473/80%. Defensive Stats: Aston Villa - Tackles 12/16, Interceptions 14, Blocks 4, Clearances 13/29, Headed 6/14. Man Utd - Tackles 6/8, Interceptions …
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