Manchester United star set for surprise new deal...but does he deserve it? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United star Michael Carrick is reportedly set to be offered a new one year deal with Louis van Gaal and Ryan Giggs big fans of the midfielder.
But with Carrick turning 34 at the end of the season and having numerous injury problems over recent seasons would the Dutch boss been better off letting the England man leave in the summer when his deal expires?
Aston Villa1 Manchester United 1 Villa Park is a stadium which holds fond memories for the United team and the fans. Throughout our history it has been a happy hunting ground, as we have enjoyed many...
After two straight defeats, with performances that were as tepid as a cup of tea in the fridge, Utd ran out at home against Stoke yesterday looking to get back on track for title number 20. On paper, it looked positively easy. Stoke have scored fewer goals than anyone else in the league, and have a remarkable success record of two wins in the last 17.
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Stoke vs Manchester United 0-2 Highlights 2013 Carrick Goal Van Persie Penalty Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Stoke vs Manchester United 2013 ( Stoke City Man Utd VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Stoke vs Man Utd 0-2 ( Carrick, Van Persie) Britannia Stadium, Stoke- 14 April, 2013- [.
Following City's draw against QPR, Utd had a chance to push the league lead back up to seven points against Southampton last night. Whilst the outcome was ultimately the one required, Sir Alex's post-match statement that Southampton were 'the best side to play here this season' highlighted that this was no one-sided contest.
He might not be the flashiest midfielder in the Premier League, but he maybe the best. During the first half of the year, United's Michael Carrick might be the player of the first half of the season. During this season Carrick has taken on the Paul Scholes mantle. He has made United forget about their midfield issues.
Where on earth do you start with a match like this? If you were forced to sum up the Utd mentality this season, it may be something along the lines of: 'let's go behind early, chaps, that'll give us some motivation to score, won't it? Only too happy to oblige, Utd's shaky (shall we start ranking matches according to the Richter scale?
Arsenal have a massive game at Old Trafford on Saturday against Alex Ferguson and the 12 men of Manchester United, sorry how silly of me, I mean 11 men. Anty hope that his players will be a bit tired after a gruelling match against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup can be abandoned, as Fergie has said that he will play pretty much the same team as in the last round.
Huff, puff and ho! This was how Manchester United started off their Champions league campaign against Turkish giants Galatasaray. United won 1-0 in a very unconvincing game against the Turks yesterday. Here are five things we learnt from that game at Old Trafford.
Shinji Kagawa- Not a shirt-seller In his short stint as a United player, Shinji Kagawa has proven that he is not your guy who was purchased to sell merchandise across Asia.
Ok, with a match as dramatic as Utd vs Southampton yesterday, the most important thing in a review
is to focus on the real key issues, the elements of the occasion that held the most influence. So
it is impossible not to mention the presence of new signing Nick Powell on the bench. Could he
possibly make his League debut?
On the same day that Arsenal's main defensive midfielder was confirmed as a Barcelona player,
Everton overran Manchester United in a very impressive and fully deserved 1-0 win at Goodison
The link here? United had no midfield. Sky called it a 4-3-3 in the pre-match buildup, but it
looked more like a 4-2-3-1 with Rooney, Nani and Kagawa swapping positions behind Welbeck and ahead
of Scholes and Cleverley; one is an ageing playmaker, the other a young playmaker who missed the
whole of last season through injury.
Van Persie, Rooney, Welbeck, Hernandez: Manchester United's attacking options now equal of Man
City's is a post from: Just Football
by Jake Meador
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Manchester's blue half should be feeling pretty
chuffed right now.
Last year Manchester City won the Premier League on the strength of a half
dozen prodigious attacking talents regularly cycling into four attacking roles, a
sturdy-but-not-spectacular holding duo and an elite center half.
Manchester United 4 Manchester City 2 Manchester United produced a display of maturity and came out as victors in the 169th Manchester derby as they turned the game around in ruthless fashion. While...
Maybe I am being a bit pessimistic here, but with all the injury problems that Arsenal have had to deal with in recent years, who can blame me? Arsene Wenger may also regret his words last week when he said in an off-the-cuff statement that the England boss Roy Hodgson could do what he liked [...]
I don't think that the Arsenal manager has enough influence over the England national manager, but he was in deep conversation with Roy Hodgson ahead of England's training session yesterday. The England team are using Arsenal's training ground as they prepare for the two international friendlies against Chile and Germany and it seems that Wenger [.
Jack Wilshere is one of only two Arsenal players called up to the England squad for the two friendlies against Chili on Friday and then Germany, the other being Kieran Gibbs. There are usually more, of course, but Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are still on the injured list. The timing of this break could [.
The young Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere probably wishes that the English media and the world of Twitter would find something else to talk about at the minuted, because for the last week or so he has been embroiled in controversy, partly due to his own actions and partly due to misunderstanding and over-reaction.
The latest injury news for Arsenal is that Mikel Arteta is still likely to miss the crucial final game of the season away to Newcastle United. The 31-year old Spaniard is not a flashy player and does not really get the plaudits of the fans as much as the likes of Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere, but he has started in more games than anyone bar Cazorla this season and done a great job for the Gunners in the problem position of defensive midfielder.
There are always bones of contention when the PFA announces it's shortlist for the Player of the Season award and this year is no different. Not one Arsenal player made the list, despite statistics showing that the Gunners have had some high performances this season. The one Arsenal player that should feel the most disappointed not to have made the list is the little Spanish magician Santi Cazorla.
This season, only Patrice Evra has started more games (27) than Michael Carrick, whilst Evra and Van Persie have both had more minutes on the pitch. Carrick has made 1843 accurate passes this season with an accuracy of 88%. Of those passes, 37% of them have gone forwards and just 8% backwards. In the opposition half, he has completed 1035 passes, with an accuracy of 82%.
Oh, oh, oh it's Carrick, you know, hard to believe it's not Scholes...
Years after first being sung in small numbers, Michael Carrick's chant took off in the away end at Loftus Road on the weekend.
Whilst some fans have been criticial of the song, claiming that Carrick isn't fit to lace Scholes' boots, we should probably remember that Vidic isn't actually a murder, we don't often score six goals, and Rooney isn't as good as Pele.
"Oh, oh, oh, it's Carrick, you know, it's hard to believe it's not Scholes" is the song that was first penned years ago for Michael Carrick. The fact that a lot of fans (rightly) didn't see him on a level with Scholes probably contributed to it not really taking off.
However, this afternoon, in our 2-0 win over QPR, our travelling fans sung the song on repeat in the second half and after leaving the ground.
In the summer, Michael Carrick wasn't called up to the Euro 2012 squad because he had told the FA if he wasn't going to play, there was no point in him going. Even with Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry ruled out through injury, Roy Hodgson opted against asking Carrick to play, and instead went to the tournament with Steven Gerrard, Scott Parker and Jordan Henderson as his midfield options.
In the first half, United covered a total of 30.81 miles but in the second half upped this to 33.19 miles.
Carrick has covered more distance for United this season than any other player and against Newcastle there were no differences. He covered 6.83 miles over the 90 minutes which is more than any player on either team.
We are out town today, but the MLS Combine is upon us. We thought it worth re-posting our interview from a couple of years back with Buzz Carrick about the business of the event. Enjoy the post and the great insights from Mr. Carrick.
It's time for the MLS combine, when college seniors and Generation Adidas players showcase their wares for MLS coaches and general managers.