Is there a young Michael Carrick on the market? Compared to McCarthy

Is there a young Michael Carrick on the market? Compared to McCarthy

Michael Carrick has been rightfully praised for his performances this season and was a major cog in the Manchester United team that won the Premier League title.  Carrick was easily the best midfielder at United and was voted into the PFA team of the year.  Many people make the case that, Michael Carrick was the most important piece in the United puzzle that won them the title.   Teams that want this type of player should look into Wigan's James …
Is the Makelele Role Still Relevant? The Evolution of the Defensive Midfielder

Is the Makelele Role Still Relevant? The Evolution of the Defensive Midfielder

Football is game that has constantly evolved since its inception. Throughout the years the game has seen many changes especially in the formations and thus the positions that players occupy. When the Premier League began in 1992 it would be a mighty task to find a team that didn't play 4-4-2 with two conventional central midfielders. These midfielders often operated in a box-to-box role sharing the defensive duties. With the turn of the century many Premier league teams began to …
Why Manchester United Need a Central Midfielder Now More Than Ever

Why Manchester United Need a Central Midfielder Now More Than Ever

As pre-season continues, the almost annual cry for Manchester United to sign a new midfielder has been ringing in the ears of all Premier League fans. For several years, this cry has fallen on deaf ears as Sir Alex Ferguson decided what he had was good enough and decided not to purchase a central midfielder. This year there is no Sir Alex Ferguson, Paul Scholes has retired and David Moyes is in need of a marquee signing.  Many have felt …
Mikel Arteta - The Unsung Hero | Stats compared to Carrick

Mikel Arteta - The Unsung Hero | Stats compared to Carrick

Is Michael Carrick Statistically Better Than Last Season?

Is Michael Carrick Statistically Better Than Last Season?

Robin van Persie might win Manchester United’s Player of The Season awards when the season ends, but only a few United fans would argue against the importance of Michael Carrick in this campaign. Whether he’s partnered with Tom Cleverley or Ryan Giggs in the middle of the park, the central midfielder has been indispensable for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side where his metronomic role balances the team. A run of great form and consistency Carrick has shown this season has made …
Reading 3 Manchester United 4 | Match & Stats Report

Reading 3 Manchester United 4 | Match & Stats Report

It was a very straightforward match at the Madejski Stadium. It was also one of the most exciting matches of the season thus far, if not the most. Both teams looked set to score at any point during the match. After the full 90 minutes there were 18 scoring chances created between the teams. Manchester United slumped at the back and conceded three goals after finally getting a clean-sheet against West Ham last weekend. Reading for their part looked deadly …
Norwich 1 Manchester United 0 | Match & Stats Report

Norwich 1 Manchester United 0 | Match & Stats Report

Manchester United were predictably leaky at the back at Carrow Road, but surprisingly had little in response after going one goal down against an attacking Norwich side. Norwich continued to gain strength as their familiarity with Chris Hughton’s system increases. The Canaries have gone 5 matches without losing or conceding more than one goal. The match mirrored United’s win against Villa last weekend. The major difference was the lack of an impact substitute. Javier Hernandez started the match rather than …
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