The six players nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award have now been announced as following…
Robin Van Persie
The first sight that greets you is the lack of Manchester City players that highlights their lapses this season meanwhile another shock is the absence of Michu; the Spanish midfielder-come-forward who has played such an extraordinary role in Swansea City’s stirring season.
The other might be the inclusion of Michael Carrick.
But for me I would say it is about time the Manchester United man finally got the credit his performances deserve.
First of all is his consistency. Rarely injured the holding midfielder has played over 300 games in all competitions for United in just seven seasons at the club; playing over 40 games in each of his seasons at Old Trafford.
Many have criticised him in the past for his lack of tenacity and another criticism has been of his side-ways and backward passing propensity.
This season that has not been the case. He has been far more influential in the tackle and at breaking down the possession of his opponents.
On top of that is the direction of his passes. Previous criticism has been blown out of the water this season. First of all nobody in the Premier League has completed more passes than Carrick this season. Secondly nobody has completed more forward passes in Europe and his accuracy of general passes is behind only Yaya Toure and Mikel Arteta.
Essentially nearly every attack that Manchester United have launched this season have come at some point via Michael Carrick.
The England international is essentially the pendulum that keeps the rhythm for a Manchester United side who seem set to go all the way to a Premier League title despite recent wobbles against Manchester City and West Ham United.
The 31-year-old has certainly never got the credit that was due in his direction and while people will believe the likes of Santi Cazorla, Michu and Pablo Zabaleta are hard done by to not be in the top six one player they should certainly not replace is the Manchester United tick-tock man.
Do you think Michael Carrick deserves his place?
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