Michael Carrick

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Tactical Analysis: Manchester United 0-0 Newcastle United

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Manchester United failed to maintain their 100% record in the 2015/16 Premier League as Newcastle United kept them at bay in yesterday's lunch time kick-off at Old Trafford. The Magpies secured their second draw of the season, while the Red Devils rose two places up to second, behind Leicester City.

Don’t let the transfer-window get in the way of the football

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Amidst all the insanity of the summer transfer-window, a football season broke out. For a little while Manchester United fans were, if not happy, at least relatively content. Wins against Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa, while not particularly thrilling, offered signs of progress.

All the while, however, the threat of further madness bubbled away just beneath the surface, threatening to rear its ugly head at any given moment.

Man United With A Foot In Champions League Group Stages After Win

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Two brilliant goals from Memphis Depay saw Manchester United take a huge step towards returning to the Champions League group stages as they beat Club Brugge 3-1 winners at Old Trafford on Tuesday in their play-off first leg match.

While United, who missed out on Champions League action last year, will take a comfortable looking two-goal lead to Belgium, Sporting Lisbon will have a slender one-goal advantage to bring with them to Moscow, although their 2-1 win over CSKA ended the Russian side's nine-game unbeaten streak in Champions League qualifying games.

Schweinsteiger: Welcome from United fans gave me goosebumps

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Bastian Schweinsteiger made his Manchester United debut on the opening day of the season when he came on for Michael Carrick against Tottenham Hotspur. Old Trafford was on their feet to welcome him and Schweinsteiger has revealed how that made him feel.

For me, it was a big surprise to see how many supporters welcomed me with warmth and enthusiasm at the opening league game against Tottenham at Old Trafford.

Carrick: Leaving United was not an option 

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With Manchester United signing Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin this summer, there were rumours linking Michael Carrick with a move elsewhere. However, Carrick insists it didn't even cross his mind to leave United.

It is not something I thought about at all. It has never been an issue.

Photos: Manchester United players in 2015-16 away kit

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Manchester United have confirmed they have released a new away kit for the 2015-16 season.

The Premier League giants earlier agreed a £750m deal with kit manufacturer Adidas. On August 1, they launched United's home kit which the player's wore during their first match of the season against Tottenham Hotspur.

Ander Herrera is the biggest loser In Manchester United’s new 4-3-3 under Louis Van Gaal

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The arrivals of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin plus Louis van Gaal's thinly disguised admiration for Michael Carrick seem to have resulted in a slight, but nevertheless significant tweaking of the Dutch Iron Tulip's favored 4-3-3 formation.

Another factor behind the tweak, somewhat more surprising than the abovementioned arrivals, is Memphis Depay, the Dutch winger whom Van Gaal has been employing centrally as a number 10 behind the striker.

Ander Herrera is the biggest loser In Manchester United’s new 4-3-3 under Louis Van Gaal

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The arrivals of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin plus Louis van Gaal's thinly disguised admiration for Michael Carrick seem to have resulted in a slight, but nevertheless significant tweaking of the Dutch Iron Tulip's favored 4-3-3 formation.

Another factor behind the tweak, somewhat more surprising than the abovementioned arrivals, is Memphis Depay, the Dutch winger whom Van Gaal has been employing centrally as a number 10 behind the striker.

Signings of the summer so far

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Two weeks into the 2015 summer transfer window and there has been no shortage of moves in the Premier League. Newcomers Bournemouth and Watford have wasted no time by completing six transfers each to date, matching Liverpool as the most active clubs in the early stages of the window.

Cleverley set to join Everton

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Tom Cleverley is set to leave Manchester United on a free transfer this summer to join Everton, bringing his 14-year spell at Old Trafford to an end.

At Goodison Park, Cleverley will re-join Roberto Martinez, who coached the 25-year-old when he was on loan at Wigan, a spell during which the soon-to-be former United midfielder, who will sign a five-year deal with Everton, produced some of the best football of his career.

Carrick hails Van Gaal’s impact

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Michael Carrick has hailed the impact Louis Van Gaal has had on his season, claiming the United manager was the reason behind his excellent campaign.

The former Spurs man was one of United's midfielder when not blighted by a catalogue of injuries, which left his side bereft of a key man in the middle of the park.

Man United Injury Blow As Carrick Out For Rest Of Season

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If Manchester United are to qualify for the Champions League next season, they are going to have to do it without midfielder Michael Carrick, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a calf problem.

That is a problem for United who are a completely different side when Carrick is in the line-up.

Manchester United confirm Michael Carrick will miss the remainder of the season

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Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a calf injury.

The last time Carrick featured for United was during his side's 4-2 victory of Manchester City on April 12. The midfielder removed himself from that contest in the closing minutes after feeling a problem in his calf and has subsequently missed the team's last three games successive defeats to Chelsea, Everton and West Brom.

Manchester United confirm Michael Carrick will miss the remainder of the season

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Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a calf injury.

The last time Carrick featured for United was during his side's 4-2 victory of Manchester City on April 12. The midfielder removed himself from that contest in the closing minutes after feeling a problem in his calf and has subsequently missed the team's last three games successive defeats to Chelsea, Everton and West Brom.

Blind keeps faith with Van Gaal

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Daley Blind has said Manchester United must stick together and finish the season on a high after three defeats in a row have threatened to dent their challenge for a top-four finish.

Having won six on the bounce, United have lost to Chelsea, Everton and West Bromwich, failing to score in all three games as an injury to Michael Carrick has disrupted Louis Van Gaal's plans.

Neville: This Manchester United star is ‘critical’ for LvG

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Gary Neville has offered words of praise for his former Manchester United teammate Michael Carrick and compared him to midfield greats Andrea Pirlo and Paul Scholes.

Carrick has started just 16 Premier League games this campaign and his commanding presence in the midfield coincided with a revival in fortunes for Louis van Gaal's side.

Can Manchester United challenge for the 2015/16 Premier League title?

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It's pretty clear that Manchester United are getting better. The train-wreck that was last season under poor David Moyes is slowly being forgotten, with Louis van Gaal and his new look Red Devils gradually finding their feet in the English top flight.

Can Manchester United challenge for the 2015/16 Premier League title?

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Can Manchester United challenge for the 2015/16 Premier League title? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's pretty clear that Manchester United are getting better. The train-wreck that was last season under poor David Moyes is slowly being forgotten, with Louis van Gaal and his new look Red Devils gradually finding their feet in the English top flight.

United trio to miss Everton trip

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Louis Van Gaal has confirmed that Michael Carrick, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones will all miss Sunday's trip to Everton, while Daley Blind is a doubt.

United travel to Goodison Park on Sunday hoping to clinch a first win away at Everton since the 2011-12 season and to consolidate their third place but will have to do so without the trio, who have still not recovered from the injuries that kept them out of last Saturday's trip to Chelsea.

Carrick unlikely to be fit for Everton

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Manchester United have been dealt a major blow ahead of Sunday's trip to Goodison Park, as Michael Carrick is unlikely to be fit to face Everton after missing Saturday's defeat against Chelsea.

Along with Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones, Carrickmissed thetrip to Stamford Bridge last Saturday, as Chelsea brought United's six-game winning run to an end, courtesy of an Eden Hazard goal.

Chelsea vs Manchester United: Three Key Battles

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Chelsea's clash with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday will be extremely intriguing to say the least. It always is, you might say, but this time it's not only because ofthe big names on show.

Man Utd’s Michael Carrick on staving off retirement

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Man Utd 4 Man City 2: Three key observations

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Manchester United made it six straight Premier League wins yesterday with another impressive performance, which was enough to claim local bragging rights in the derby against Manchester City.

The Old Trafford hosts came back from a goal down to assert their dominance in the clash, with a comprehensive 4-2 victory playing a considerable role in Louis van Gaal's hopes of finishing above the current Premier League champions this season.

Manchester United vs Manchester City: Carrick and Herrera key as United look to stifle struggling City midfield

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Michael Carrick snubs Man Utd teammate Juan Mata

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Daily musings: Arsenal star off the pace, Man Utd duo have tough night and a Cristiano Ronaldo reliance

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It has been an interesting round of international fixtures for the major European nations, with last night's action throwing up a number of intriguing talking points.

Michael Carrick believes Manchester United are moving in the right direction [VIDEO]

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Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick believesthe team has startedto fulfillits potential and is confident they are moving in the right direction.

Since their surprising 5-3 defeat to Leicester City on September 21st, United have lost only three times in 25 league matches leaving them in fourth place in the BPL with nine games to play.

Michael Carrick believes Manchester United are moving in the right direction [VIDEO]

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Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick believesthe team has startedto fulfillits potential and is confident they are moving in the right direction.

Since their surprising 5-3 defeat to Leicester City on September 21st, United have lost only three times in 25 league matches leaving them in fourth place in the BPL with nine games to play.

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What have we learnt from the pre-season?

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As another pre-season comes to an end, we'll have to try and guess what's in Van Gaal's head for the season ahead. The main developments concerning squad selection haven't been entirely positive, however: Wayne Rooney looks like he might be our main striker, and Daley Blind looks like he might be converted to a centre-back.

RoM PLAYER RATINGS: United’s midfield

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Yesterday, the defenders were rated for their performances in the 2014-15 season, and now it's the midfielders' turn.

After years of frustration at Sir Alex Ferguson's refusal to buy new midfielders and improve this area on the park, we finally now have a half decent midfield. In fact, the midfield is now our strongest position.

Five key thoughts following Everton 3-0 Manchester United as Van Gaal’s men are given a major reality check

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It was a very disappointing day for Manchester United as they suffered a humbling 3-0 defeat at the hands of Everton at Goodison Park. James McCarthy, John Stones and Kevin Mirallas goals condemned United to back-to-back league defeats for the first time under Louis van Gaal and put their quest to finish in the top four on hold.

VIDEO: Falcao needs another game like this against Chelsea today

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With the injuries to Daley Blind, Michael Carrick, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones, rumours this morning suggest that Wayne Rooney will be moved back in to midfield and Radamel Falcao will start up front.

If that's the case, we could do with the Falcao of old returning, particularly the one that managed a first half hattrick against Chelsea in the Super Cup in 2012.

Five key thoughts following United 4-2 Manchester City as Young and Fellaini shine

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Manchester United defeated local rivals Manchester City 4-2 at Old Trafford to solidify third position in the Premier League table. A Sergio Aguero brace sandwiched goals from man of the match Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata and Chris Smalling, who erased bad memories of the reverse fixture in which he was sent off.

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Manchester United’s 2014-15 season in stats

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Goals
Wayne Rooney 12 (1 per 240 mins)
Robin van Persie 10 (1 per 211 mins)
Juan Mata 9 (1 per 1 per 257 mins)
Ander Herrera 6 (1 per 312 mins)
Marouane Fellaini 6 (1 per 305 mins)

Assists
Angel di Maria 10
Ashley Young 5
Wayne Rooney 5
Juan Mata 4
Ander Herrera 4
Radamel Falcao 4

Goals + assists
Wayne Rooney 17 (1 per 169 mins)
Angel di Maria 13 (1 per 127 mins)
Juan Mata 13 (1 per 178 mins)
Robin van Persie 12 (1 per 176 mins)
Ander Herrera 10 (1 per 187 mins)

Passing accuracy
Michael Carrick 89.

LvG: Rooney and RvP are bottom of the list for penalties

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Louis van Gaal has claimed that he has taken Robin van Persie off penalty taking duty after he missed a crucial penalty at home against West Brom on Saturday. United went on to lose the game.

The manager has also claimed that Rooney is at the bottom of the pile too after missing a penalty at Anfield a few weeks ago.

Five key thoughts following Chelsea 1-0 United – Hazard the difference as Van Gaal’s men are unlucky in defeat

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Manchester United fell to a 1-0 defeat to a sturdy Chelsea side, who moved one step closer to the Premier League title. It was a harsh defeat but the Red Devils will have learnt a massive lesson after failing to break down Jose Mourinho's men. David De Gea's main rival for PFA Player of the Year, Eden Hazard, scored the only goal as he slotted the ball under the Spaniard.

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Carrick: LvG has been terrific for me

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Michael Carrick has sung the praises of Louis van Gaal for how he has helped him develop as a player this season.

He's been terrific for me; he's supported me and given me a lot of responsibility. As the season has gone on, I think I've shown that on the pitch; I've been happy with the way I've played.