Gary Neville: This Man United midfielder makes Jose Mourinho’s team a lot better
The former Manchester United defender believes Michael Carrick brings balance to Jose Mourinho's midfield
Gary Neville believes Manchester United are a better side when Michael Carrick is playing alongside Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba in Jose Mourinho’s midfield.
The Premier League veteran appeared to be facing an uncertain future under the club’s new manager at the start of the season after Mourinho persisted in overlooking Carrick.
However, the former England international has established himself as a key player in recent months after Mourinho turned to Carrick to improve the Red Devils’s subdued performances.
Carrick has made nine Premier League appearances in the 2016-17 season so far, crucially starting five of their last six victories in the English top flight to bolster their top-four chances.
Speaking on the Gary Neville podcast, the ex-Manchester United defender highlighted the impact that Carrick is having on Mourinho’s side since his return to the manager’s starting line-up.
“With Carrick sat in front of Herrera and Pogba, it’s better. There is a lot more mobility. There is more composure,” Neville said.
Manchester United finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last term under Louis van Gaal.
Mourinho signed four players in the summer transfer window.