The Man Utd fans had no idea just how influential that this Man Utd midfielder has been…
In a sea of newly signed, world-renowned stars – there are very few members of Man Utd’s old guard still remaining at Old Trafford.
The likes of Vidic, Evra and Ryan Giggs have all departed Old Trafford – but one man still remains.
Michael Carrick has always been an underrated midfielder, and he has often also been underutilised – and that has never been more true than under Mourinho.
Though often a manager to look towards older players, Carrick has made just 3 Premier League starts this season – and alongside his lack of game time, Man Utd have been losing.
A few of the Man Utd fans in the Tavern have been calling for his full-time return to the first team, given that he provides experience and steel in the midfield – but, seemingly, this stat provided by OptaJoe suggests that he provides so much more.
As per OptaJoe on Twitter, so far this season, Man Utd have an 80% win ratio with Carrick in the team – whilst that drops down to just 31% when he hasn’t.
See that Tweet below…
80% – Man Utd have won 80% of their games (all comps) in 2016/17 when Michael Carrick has played compared to 31% when he hasn't. Valuable. pic.twitter.com/9aBUACJ26o
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 6, 2016
Our landlord thinks that this serves as proof that Mourinho needs to bring Carrick back into the first team – and on a permanent basis. Having the flashiness of Pogba and the passing accuracy of Herrera is one thing, but wins are what is important – and Michael Carrick brings wins.
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