Michael Carrick 35, is very good with the ball and has a great tackling ability for his age.  If Manchester United is to do well before the January transfer window reopens, they must use Carrick in the defensive midfield role. Considering the shortage of personnel in the heart of Manchester United defence now, they will need the experience of Carrick to absorb most of the pressure in the midfield.

Mourinho may have his reservations about playing Carrick every match but by far, his presence in Manchester United line up always gives the defence confidence and players like Pogba who are not too good defending can concentrate on their offensive work. For now, Manchester United have no better player in that department with his discipline.

Carrick and Ander Herrera partnership in the centre of United midfield is perfect so far. The best of Pogba in a Manchester United shirt is usually when these two are behind him. Age is nothing but a number, if Carrick is fit, Mourinho should always pick him until January transfer window reopens. The success of their eighty-nine pounds’ acquisition will depend hugely on the quality of players like Michael Carrick who will sit in front of the defence and give him the “freedom” to roam offensively.




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