Not Mata: Manchester United must play this midfielder every week according to former red

Manchester United dropped more points over the weekend, as Jose Mourinho’s men gave up a late lead thanks to an Olivier Giroud header. The performance as a whole was excellent for the most part, which must be built upon going forward.

According to former Manchester United player Ray Wilkins, a key part of the success recently is Michael Carrick, who has fought his way back into proceedings at Old Trafford.

“It probably felt like a defeat on Saturday because I thought United played very well,” Wilkins told Sky Sports.

“I think the inclusion of Michael Carrick has to be a permanent for Jose Mourinho.

“He allows [Ander] Herrera – who is finally becoming a Manchester United player – and [Paul] Pogba to go and do their work in advance.

“Carrick just gives them a bit of solidity in the midfield when they need to control a game.”

The veteran just seems to make us tick, and with him in the side, we look in much more control of the matches we play in. Not only does Carrick offer us that killer ball forward, his positioning defensively is something that none of our other players seem to have in their locker.

I guess the only real issue is his age and the fact that he cannot play in every game must be a concern for the gaffer. He has to start in every Premier League game going forward though, because he’s just been outstanding.

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