Manchester United Under-21 coach Warren Joyce has been singing the praises of Michael Carrick.
Carrick is now back in the senior squad, but last month he featured in a match for the U21s as part of his recovery programme from an ankle operation.
The 33-year-old played for 64 minutes as United staged a 2-1 victory and returned to the top of the league table. Joyce has now hailed Carrick and has explained just how he made an impact off the pitch.
“Michael Carrick featured, of course, and was different class - as a man and a professional,” the 49-year-old wrote in Inside United.
“At the hotel, in the build-up to the game and in the match itself, he was a proper pro and it is good for the lads to see habits like that from senior players who are full internationals.
"They can see in real life what a Manchester United player and a Manchester United person is.”
Carrick is perhaps one of the more underrated players in the Premier League whose importance is often underplayed.
The Englishman may not be a ‘great’ footballer, but over the years his conduct and behaviour - both on the pitch and off it - have been far better than many.
Carrick recently claimed that he plans to get into coaching once he hangs up his boots (click here to read more). One suspects that his demeanour will help him in getting the respect from his players once he becomes a football manager.