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27/02/2009 08:00, Report by Joshua Evans
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Teddy lauds Reds' defence

Teddy Sheringham says United are in peak form as the Reds approach the Carling Cup final against one of his former clubs.

Sheringham, who had two spells with Tottenham Hotspur during his 25-year playing career, attributes United’s success to the defensive solidity provided by Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.

"United have been unbelievable lately," Sheringham told the Carling Cup final programme.

"Although they’ve often had good central defensive partnerships, United aren't known for basing their team around them. It has usually been their spectacular attacking and flair players that have grabbed the limelight. But this season it’s been the trio of Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Edwin van der Sar who have made the most headlines."

The ex-Red insists the current squad still contains the creative players that have characterised United teams of the past.

“The beauty is that United have plenty of players to score the goals, and when you are keeping that many clean sheets one is often enough. Paul Scholes remains fantastic, Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov are constant threats and Ryan Giggs seems to be playing out of his skin.”

However, Sheringham reserved special praise for a player who, like him, made the move from White Hart Lane to Old Trafford.

“I love the way Michael Carrick plays the game. For some reason, Spurs fans didn't seem to appreciate him as much as they should have, but I played with him for two weeks at West Ham and knew he was a top player.

"In fact, it took me only one training session to be convinced of how good he was. He soon left for Tottenham, but I'm not surprised he's gone on to play so well for United. Carrick has fantastic anticipation and he reads the game brilliantly.”

You can read more from Sheringham and others including Sir Alex Ferguson, Carlos Tevez and celebrity United fan Ralf Little, in the Carling Cup final programme. This year, it's also available as an e-programme. At 116 pages, this includes the

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