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Michael Carrick must start!

United great Michael Carrick has to start more games for United. His calming influence alone is an obvious asset to the team.

The holding midfielder is approaching the end of his career at the age of 35. Hence, United have to make use of his abilities quickly. His eye for a forward pass is something which United have been lacking in the early stages of the season.

He is hugely influential for the team, with United winning every game in which he has played. Whenever he plays, he dictates the pace of the game. He is also equipped with the experience to know when to quicken the speed of play, or when to slow it down.

Additionally, the best aspect about Carrick’s play is that he hardly gives the ball away. His passing is highly accurate, with 96.8% of his passes finding a teammate.

It is also no coincidence that Paul Pogba had his best game in a United shirt against Swansea when Carrick played behind him. He gives Pogba an element of freedom to roam between the lines of midfield and attack, and he thrived in that position in the convincing victory over Swansea.

One thing is for sure, the England national team has missed out hugely on the talents of Carrick, now lets not make the same mistake.

Abdullah Mulla

Sports Writer and Manchester United fan

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