Papers: Modern marvel
The Daily Star's Paul Brown writes...
Carrick's in top gear for United
Sam Allardyce claims Michael Carrick is the perfect modern midfielder – because he’s more silky skills than steel. The West Ham boss, who takes his side to Old Trafford tonight for a third round replay, says the United star is more well known for reading the game and intercepting passes than for teeth-rattling tackles common in Allardyce’s playing days And that, says the Hammers’ chief, is what the modern game demands. Allarydce said: “If you look around and ask where the tackling midfielders like Roy Keane, Nicky Butt and Bryan Robson are today they are few and far between. Today it’s more about reading the play, intercepting the ball or nicking it off the opposition. Is Michael Carrick a good example of that? I think so. Tackling is almost dead. We coaches don’t coach tackling any more, it’s pinch, nick and intercept."
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