United extended their winning run to six with victory against Liverpool on Sunday and look like a side that can challenge for the title once again.
After a poor start to season by United’s standards they have stormed up the table into third and are just eight points off league leaders Chelsea.
Incredibly, it seems that the return of experienced midfielder, Michael Carrick, has been the catalyst as they have a 100% record when he has started for them this season, compared to a win rate of just 30% when he hasn’t.Embed from Getty Images
He also possesses the highest pass completion rate of United’s midfielders this term and can even play a role for them at centre-back – where he was positioned for the win on Sunday at Old Trafford.
Carrick has become part of a formidable midfield trio that also involves Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata, both of whom were seemingly heading for the exit door before this fine run of form.
It seems that Van Gaal has decided to structure his line-ups around the pass-master Carrick and his decision has served him well so far.
Louis Van Gaal hasn’t set the world alight in the Premier league as of yet, but his team is sneaking up the table. And with Carrick, they have improved dramatically.
With a strike force that boasts Robin Van Persie, Radamel Falcao and captain, Wayne Rooney, they could well mount a serious title challenge.
The consistent performances of key players like Michael Carrick will be crucial and the Red Devils will be enjoying what they are seeing at the moment.
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