Carrick is the only player at United who can play the ball in between the lines to likes of Wayne Rooney and van Persie. And when the 32-year-old gets marked out of the game, it becomes the duty of the defenders to get the ball out of defense but they simply resort to playing the ball out wide to the full-backs and wingers- who are the safest passing outlets.
Promised Land by Daniel Harris provides the answer. Harris is a rare character: a passionate Manchester United fan, who retains the discipline to step away from the euphoria and provide a calmly forensic take on events at Old Trafford.
It would be foolish of me to try and predict the final top six with so long left in the season, but so far it seems that we are in for one of the most open and competitive Premier League seasons for years.
Aah, baking. A thoroughly British sport. If things like baking, card making and tutting at queue jumpers were allowed in the Olympics well...
David Moyes has again managed to attract the wrath of the Old Trafford faithful after Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw by Southampton on Saturday. The Scot's substitutions came under widespread criticism by the fans and this article explains why Moyes' tactical tinkering against the Saints wasn't as bad as people have made it out to be.
In the gameweek eight of the English Premier League, Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw by Mauricio Pochettino's Southampton side... David Moyes' troops were one-dimensional throughout the evening. As much as the Scot likes his team to attack down the wings, he needs to be more creative with the tactics.
Adnan Januzaj's two goals against Sunderland reminded his team mates and manager David Moyes of the inherited expectations that come with playing for United. Now the manager and the rest of the team has to get their act together...
Manchester United have endured a difficult start to the season... David Moyes is still getting accustomed to life at the red side of Manchester but it is slowly becoming certain that there are a few players who don't really fill the trust of the Scot. Here are three of them.
After a torrid debut season, it would be unwise to say that Shinji Kagawa's situation at Old Trafford has improved even one bit. Wayne Rooney has nailed the No 10 spot and David Moyes hasn't really shown much faith in the Japan international, who is often considered as one of the best exponents of his art...
Manchester United is not just a football club. It's bigger than that. It's a global brand that inspires emotion and commands respect. That's the result of its great footballing legacy. But behind that legacy is years of hard work and professionalism from a committed team of backroom staff.
In every popular sport in the world, there are heroes and villains. Those the crowd love and those they hate. Typically, the athletes or teams the spectator takes a disliking to share one trait; success...
In the not so distant past, when football was a contact sport, the art of diving was almost non-existent. I am not saying it didn't happen, but that nowadays a player is protected by the referees so much that any touch by an opponent will allow the player to dive to the floor knowing that the referee will more than likely award a free kick.
There can be little argument that Alex Ferguson's tenure at Manchester united will be remembered as one in which he took a club that was still trading on past glories ("all fur coat and no knickers") and fashioned it a brand that was dominant on and off the pitch.
We have had just four games of Paolo Di Canio's continental-looking Sunderland side, and already questions are being asked. We have had just four games of Paolo Di Canio's continental-looking Sunderland side, and already questions are being asked.
Over the past couple of seasons, I've felt that the Premier League has become a little bit stale... However, this season I can't help but feel there is an added buzz from various different aspects of the league and it's rekindling the special vibe that usually surrounds English football.
I might as well be honest with you right from the start: this article will contradict itself. It will set off by being one thing but in the end will turn out to be something else, in many ways similar to a Premier League season.