He makes such a difference to this team because he wants to get the ball forwards early! And when you've got Martial in the side you want to get the ball to him as fast as possible. What a boost to have him back now!
See I think Schneiderlin is getting a bit of a raw deal... Generally when he's been in the team he's shielded the back 4 very nicely. He's not the player you look to in order to get the ball forwards quickly but he plays a really important part in winning the ball back.
OK he's had a couple of poorer games but before that he was in and out of the team for what appeared to be no good reason. And the teams record with him in the team is better than without him.
I know it's a frustration that we play with two defensive midfielders but that's down to the players we've got. We knew that about Schneiderlin when we bought him...
Yeah I'd be really interested to see that too as I know last year at one point is was very impressive. In fact I'm sure for a lot of last season (and I could be wrong) we hadn't lost when Carrick started! And if we had it was only once or twice in a good number of games.
He's so important to the team because he gets the ball to the front men so quickly. It is at that point that those dangerous players we've got can do the damage.
I know I am being unfair. But you can't expect me to have a measured reaction after the shite we saw last night. Carrick is a long serving member of the club and I tremendously respect him. But his and the whole team's performance last night was perfectly described by that one word.
Probably not. I have always been one of Carricks biggest backers but there comes a time when time catches up with you. He really shouldn't have been playing today. Herrera and schneiderlin had been doing pretty well and shouldn't have been changed
See this is why maybe he's best moving in to defense? Not necessarily for us but he'd get more time on the ball and as his pace (which was never electric) goes he can use his understanding of the game!
There's no way Schneiderlin should have been dropped today. Him and Herrera were building a really nice partnership and it was working. But once again LVG goes back to the failed approach.
That's not me pinning defeat on Carrick but it's just typical of what LVG has done the whole time he's been manager here.