Michael Carrick gives an in-depth analysis of how to become a center midfielder, which is a fascinating watch


Manchester United’s new caretaker manager Michael Carrick once gave a detailed insight into how he played as a player – and is a must see for center midfielders everywhere.

It was announced on Sunday morning that Ole Gunnar Soulszare has resigned 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 over the team for the upcoming matches because the club will appoint an interim for the season.

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

His effectiveness in playing a deep midfield at Old Trafford was crucial in the reign of Sir Alex Ferguson. Carrick has lifted five Premier League titles and the Champions League at the time, establishing himself as a regular player.

While serving in that holding position he was one of Europe’s best players and was unlucky to take just 34 caps for England. So what made him such a great midfielder?

In a fascinating interview with The Boot Room, the 40-year-old spoke about his position. They discuss the art of passing and receiving and other things.

You can view his amazing analysis here.

Twitter user @lawrenceostlere The clip is summed up perfectly. “I learned more about how to become a central midfielder from this 2-minute clip than to listen to football pundits in a lifetime.” He wrote.

“For example, the TV broadcast would be much richer if Roy Keane told us how he played the game and mastered the technical skills.

Carrick has previously spoken about his influence from that holding midfield role.

“If you’re playing a central three-man role in midfield, you’re playing two center-half and stopping the opposition going forward,” he told FourFourTwo.

“If you play the game at 100mph, don’t let anything happen – positioning is key. If you can come on the ball and support the attack, go for it, but be aware of where the danger is. The movement is broken.

“If they do counter-attack you should be able to be in a position to help the defense.”

Here’s thoughts on Carrick’s analysis as he prepares to take charge of Manchester United’s clash against Villarreal on Tuesday night.

Let us know in the comments.



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