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Michael Carrick Gives In-Depth Analysis Of How To Be A Centre Midfielder, It's A Fascinating Watch

Jack Kenmare

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Michael Carrick Gives In-Depth Analysis Of How To Be A Centre Midfielder, It's A Fascinating Watch

Manchester United's new caretaker manager Michael Carrick once gave a detailed insight into how he operated as a player - and it's a must-watch for centre midfielders everywhere.

It was announced on Sunday morning that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had left his role as manager following the club's 4-1 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road.

In a statement on the club's official website, United confirmed that first-team coach Carrick will take charge of the team for forthcoming games as the club looks to appoint an interim to the end of the season.

Image credit: PA
Image credit: PA

The former West Ham, Spurs and Manchester United midfielder, known for his pinpoint passing from deep, is regarded by many as one of the most underrated and under-appreciated midfielders in recent Premier League history.

His effectiveness in that deep-lying midfield role at Old Trafford was crucial during Sir Alex Ferguson's reign. Carrick lifted five Premier League titles and a Champions League in that time, establishing himself as a regular.

He was one of the best in Europe while operating in that holding position and was unlucky to pick up just 34 caps for England. So what made him such a great midfielder?

The 40-year-old spoke about his position in a fascinating interview with The Boot Room. He discusses the art of passing and receiving, as well as other topics.

You can watch his brilliant analysis here.

Twitter user @lawrenceostlere summed up the clip perfectly. "I just learnt more about how to be a central midfielder from this 2-minute clip than a lifetime listening to football pundits." he wrote.

"TV coverage would be so much richer if Roy Keane, for example, told us how he played the game and mastered technical skills rather than another rant.

Carrick has spoken in the past about his influence from that holding midfield role.

"If you're playing the holding role in a central three in midfield, you're screening the two centre-halves and stopping the service getting to the opposition's forwards," he told FourFourTwo.

"If the game is being played at 100mph, don't get carried away with what's happening - positioning is the key. If you can get on the ball and support the attack then go for it, but be aware of where the danger is if the move breaks down.

"If they counter-attack you've got to be able to get in a position to help the defence."

Thoughts on Carrick's analysis here as he prepares to take charge of Manchester United's clash against Villarreal on Tuesday night?

Let us know in the comments.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter

Topics: Football, Manchester United, Premier League, Michael Carrick, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Jack Kenmare
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