A pass master, his ability - not only to keep possession and pick out the right pass - but to stay calm under pressure, was vital for his temporary defensive role.
Appearances/goals: Premier League 22(8)/3; Carling Cup 4(1)/1; Champions League 6(2)/1' Community Shield 1/0
Season soundbite: “The back four that finished the West Ham game – Giggsy, Patrice, me and Fletch – was funny, but you have to deal with it.” - Michael Carrick
In a word: Carrickbauer
Michael didn't reach his own high standards, but still showed his team value...
Story of the season The Reds' ever-changing midfield had Michael Carrick on his toes, even before December’s defensive injury crisis forced him into some unexpected moonlighting. Ultimately, he might consider this a frustrating campaign. He didn’t come racing out of the blocks, a slow start to the season capped with the disappointment of a missed penalty in the shock early defeat at Burnley. There were flashes of his undoubted class, but he didn’t consistently find the metronome rhythm that has made United’s midfield tick to his beat since arriving at OT in 2006. That said, his contribution to the team was still important. He covered valiantly during the defensive injury crisis. And the work done in December in particular was a vital part of why United were in contention for major honours in April and May - regardless of the outcome - and he bagged five goals in all competitions - only Paul Scholes scored more from a central midfield position.
Finest moment Against West Ham with some defensive reshuffling needed, Carrick replaced the injured Gary Neville in the first half and took up central defensive duties. The scores were locked at 0-0 at this point and it seemed like being a difficult afternoon at Upton Park. But