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23/03/2012 09:06, Report by Nick Coppack

Carrick set for run-in

On the face of it, Paul Pogba's introduction after 58 minutes at Wolves last Sunday didn’t seem in any way unusual.

Indeed, with the Reds already 4-0 up and playing against a team reduced to 10 men, it made perfect sense to hand the promising midfielder another taste of top-flight action.

What was notable about those final 32 minutes, however, was the absence of Michael Carrick. Withdrawn to make way for the young Frenchman, the 30-year-old hadn’t endured a bad day at the office or picked up an injury that required treatment. He was simply given a rest.

And well he might following a marathon run of 1,595 consecutive minutes of Barclays Premier League football, a run spanning 19 fixtures and stretching back more than three months.

Or, to put it another way, between coming on in the closing stages of a narrow home win against Sunderland on 5 November 2011 and trotting off the pitch at Wolves last Sunday, Michael Carrick played every minute of every United league game.

“It’s a lot of football, but it’s always nice to be playing,” he told ManUtd.com when we put the statistic to him this week. “When you get a run of games you get into a good rhythm and you feel

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Ever present

Michael Carrick
5 Nov 2011 to 18 Mar 2012

Consecutive league minutes: 1,595

Attempted passes: 1348
Successful passes: 1214
Pass completion: 90%
Chances created: 20
Assists: 2
Goals: 2

Interceptions: 57
Successful tackles: 40


* League games only

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