comparative old-timer; defender Rio Ferdinand.
"We have two experienced players playing right at their peak now," said Sir Alex. "That's Rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick. Rio Ferdinand's form in the last few weeks has been absolutely fantastic.
"I think Michael's been helped by the energy and determination of Phil Jones besides him. The boy's been quite amazing. But Carrick's performances have been quite outstanding. I think both Michael and Phil help each other."