Robbie Savage: Why Man Utd midfielder will be key v Liverpool

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick will play a vital role at Anfield, according to Robbie Savage

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Robbie Savage believes Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick will have a key role to play against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

The Red Devils playmaker signed a new 12-month deal with the 20-time English champions on Friday after the 33-year-old scored the 23rd goal of his United career.

I think United will sit back, with Carrick helping Ander Herrera and Daley Blind to shield their defence

Robbie Savage

Carrick, who moved to the 20-time English champions from Spurs in 2006, netted the second goal in United’s emphatic 3-0 win against top-four rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford last weekend.

Although Savage is tipping Carrick to play in a deeper role on Sunday, the former Blackburn Rovers midfielder is tipping the England international to be just as influential.

Savage told BBC Sport: “I don’t think he will get forward as much at Anfield as he did against Spurs, but he will still play a vital attacking role if United set up the way I expect them to.

“It will suit Liverpool if United go at them in the same way they attacked Spurs, because that leaves Rodgers’ side with space to break into.

“Instead, I think United will sit back, with Carrick helping Ander Herrera and Daley Blind to shield their defence, and also playing quick balls forward to hit Liverpool on the counter-attack.”

The former Spurs midfielder has scored 23 goals in 376 appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions during his nine-year United career.

Carrick, who has 31 England caps, has won five Premier League titles, the Champions League and League Cup since moving to Old Trafford.

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The Red Devils midfielder could line up against Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday.

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