Paul Scholes: I loved playing alongside Michael Carrick

by Sam Peoples

Michael Carrick has drawn deserved praise for his recent performances from everywhere including Louis van Gaal, fans and Manchester United’s current players.

Now, speaking in his latest weekly column, Scholes has piled praise on him for his contribution to the club and how easy he made it for everybody else around him.

“As I have said before in this column, no one appreciated Michael more than the midfielders who played alongside him at United,” Scholes said.

“He is not a flash footballer. He doesn’t hit Hollywood passes. He doesn’t score lots of goals. But I loved playing alongside him. He was always in the right place. He gave me licence to play.”

It’s not in Carrick’s nature to hit the Hollywood passes like Wayne Rooney does so regularly but United’s veteran midfielder certainly has the ability to pick a pass from 40 yards if push comes to shove.

However, Carrick is rarely forced into rushing a pass because he is always thinking a step ahead and Scholes saying he was given creative freedom by Carrick’s defensive diligence is a testament to his intelligence on the pitch, both with and without the ball at his feet.

Much has been said about Carrick over the years and not all of it positive but there are only a select few players who are as important to United’s first-team right now than Carrick.

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