3. Carrick still the boss of United’s midfield.
Michael Carrick’s performance today shows exactly how important he still is to Manchester United’s cause. More defensively aware than any person on the field, the former Tottenham man’s presence on the field was inspiring. Minus the occasional misplaced pass and the rare missed interception, Carrick stamped his authority on the field with supreme authority throughout his 60 minute outing with a stunning 97% passing completion percentage. While his ‘Sch’ midfield counterparts at the club took their time settling down, Michael Carrick was the rock at the heart of Manchester United from the kickoff.