Man United legend Paddy Crerand trolls Stan Collymore for his criticism of Michael Carrick

How good has Michael Carrick been for Manchester United this season?

After Robin van Persie, you could probably make an argument that Michael Carrick has been Manchester United’s best player in 2012/13. Certainly, only Jonny Evans comes close to the England midfielder who is finally receiving the recognition he deserves.

In the Sunday People today, Stan Collymore, the former Nottingham Forest and Liverpool striker questioned Carrick’s role in the Manchester United side in an article titled: “Taking the Michael: Wayne Rooney isn’t Manchester United’s weak link.. Michael Carrick is.”

Among the highlights (article here) were: “I believe that Carrick does not offer United enough on big occasions… Any decent ­midfielder could fill that role… He struggles to dominate these big matches.”

Collymore continues: “I watched a 15-minute highlight ­segment of the second half the day after the Madrid game and Carrick only featured in it twice. I know it is only highlights, but that tells you how much he was involved in key plays. For me, it is just not good enough.”

Manchester United fans have reacted in uproar, not least MUTV pundit and legend Paddy Crerand whose Tweet below could not even call Collymore by his real name.

Other Manchester United fans have pointed out that Michael Carrick completed the most passes of any player in Sir Alex Ferguson’s side at the Bernabeu and he played a key role in setting Patrice Evra through on goal as well as assisting the chance for Robin van Persie to have a shot cleared off the line late on.

Make your own mind up about Michael Carrick’s performance at Real Madrid with his individual highlights video below.