Posts Tagged ‘ carrick ’

Manchester City 0-0 Manchester United: dull game with no drive from the centre of midfield

November 11, 2010
Manchester City 0-0 Manchester United: dull game with no drive from the centre of midfield

A disappointing match that produced very few goalscoring chances.
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What does a central midfielder do in 2010?

July 30, 2010
What does a central midfielder do in 2010?

It’s this year’s must-have for any side looking to finish near the top of the Premier League: a player who prompts the question, ‘What does he do?’
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Six to watch: the fringe players

June 11, 2010
Six to watch: the fringe players

Often players who weren’t considered part of the starting XI at the beginning of a tournament emerge to play a leading role by the knockout stages. Here’s six who hope to do that:
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Posted in Lists, World Cup 2010 | 20 Comments »

Is the sweeper set for a return to prominence?

April 22, 2010
Is the sweeper set for a return to prominence?

Jonathan Wilson recently wrote in his excellent ‘The Question’ series about the possibility of the return of the sweeper to football. The sweeper prospered as the ’spare man’ in a three-man central defence up against a two-man attack, so now we have two-man central defences up against one-man attacks, should one centre-back not become...
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Michael Carrick demonstrates why he could be crucial to England’s World Cup hopes

March 3, 2010
Michael Carrick demonstrates why he could be crucial to England’s World Cup hopes

It’s difficult to make the case for Michael Carrick being in the England side without coming across as a pretentious, know-it-all bore. Comments like “He does the quiet things well”, “He keeps things simple”, and “He brings the best out of his team-mates” are all classic ‘underrated player’ arguments. But like it or not,...
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