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Man of the Match poll results...

Michael Carrick 39%
Rio Ferdinand 33%
Phil Jones 17%
Danny Welbeck 11%

21/01/2013 16:30, Report by Ben Hibbs

Carrick tops Spurs poll

Michael Carrick has pipped Rio Ferdinand to ManUtd.com’s Man of the Match poll vote for his performance against former club Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Carrick has been in fine form this season and Sir Alex Ferguson has said that United’s midfield metronome is enjoying his finest campaign yet for the Reds.

It was another commanding display from the 31-year-old playmaker and the fact that he beat Ferdinand, who was outstanding at the back for United, to the top spot in our poll is a significant show of approval.

The Reds’ no.16 polled 39% of the votes, with Rio taking 33%. Phil Jones, playing in a midfield role on Sunday, impressed with some heroic blocks and tireless running and claimed 17% of the votes, while Danny Welbeck polled 11%.

Carrick was as much seen breaking up Tottenham attacks as he was starting them for United. However, the fact that the Reds couldn’t quite hold out for victory was a source of frustration for Carrick, who felt United had defended valiantly in the face of a late Spurs siege. 

"While Tottenham were coming at us, I thought we defended very well as a team," he said. "People were putting their bodies on the line to block shots and we hoped we could see the game out. We set up slightly differently but defended well as a team and looked really strong. We just couldn’t see it out.”

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