Thierry Henry: Michael Carrick is the most underrated player in the Premier League

Michael Carrick 2012

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has praised Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick.

Former Arsenal star Thierry Henry has picked out Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick as his most underrated Premier League player.

The striker retired from playing for New York Red Bulls earlier this season and has since taken up punditry. 

He told The Sun of his admiration for England midfielder Carrick, and compared him to a former Arsenal teammate of his.

Henry said: "Not only this season but every year. People do not realise the amount of work he delivers until he has gone.

"It was a similar situation when we had Gilberto Silva at Arsenal."

Carrick has been a key influence once again this season for Manchester United, and their form trailed off when he was injured in mid-April.

He is often described as underrated, so frequently in fact that there would be reason to think he could be overrated - if he was not so important to United. This year he is getting the credit he has so frequently deserved.

  TeamKey PassesPassing AccuracyBall Recoveries per gameMins Played
Michael Carrick Man Utd 8 90% 5.22 1,454

While he has only created eight chances this season, his passing has remained at a high level, and in a defensive role in midfield he understands the game better than most.

Carrick wins the ball back more than five times per game for United, a key attribute for a player in his position, illustrating why he is so effective and important for the Red Devils.

  TeamSeasonAppearancesPassing Accuracy
Michael Carrick Man Utd 2011-2012 30 90%
Michael Carrick Man Utd 2012-2013 36 88%
Michael Carrick Man Utd 2013-2014 29 89%
Michael Carrick Man Utd 2014-2015 18 90%

ESPN reported comments from manager Louis van Gaal explaining the Manchester United boss still feels he needs a new holding midfielder, and despite Carrick's heroics, it's easy to see why. 

The 33-year-old has over the past two seasons become more injury prone, playing in just 50 per cent of Premier League games in 2014/15.

His passing remains as high quality as ever, but United can't afford to have him available so infrequently and must become less reliant on him next season.

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