The last 12 months have not been the best for Michael Carrick and he will be the first to admit it. After three seasons at Old Trafford in which each produced a Premier League winning medal, United not only drew a blank in the last campaign but an alarming dip in form resulted in him being consistently left on the bench by Sir Alex Ferguson giving him a frustrating season he would rather forget. Carrick didn’t feature against Wolves at the weekend but if veteran Paul Scholes had his way, the midfielder will be in the starting line up on Wednesday night in the Manchester derby at Eastlands.
Forget about your £200,000 a week footballers, multi million pound transfer deals, 25 year club managers like Sir Alex Ferguson, FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s World Cup and the mega buck television deals. Ask yourselves instead ‘Where will football be without the humble fan?’ You never see any lurid headlines in the newspapers about them unless a handful of alcohol fuelled ones create mayhem like the incidents after the Napoli game in Liverpool. Thankfully, for every one of those cretins there are thousands like Manchester United besotted Peter Bolton who was recognised by the official club website this week.
Sir Alex Ferguson heaped praise on his injury-ravaged Manchester United team today for marking his 24th anniversary as manager with a 2-1 win over Wolves. Park Ji-sung struck the winner two minutes into injury time, just as it seemed United were about to lose more ground to Chelsea in the title race. The South Korean’s near post effort gave United their sixth successive win and they head into Wednesday’s Manchester derby at Eastlands in confident mood, even if their ranks are somewhat depleted.