Luke Shaw claims that Manchester United left-back Michael Carrick was “massively underrated” and yet could compete in the Premier League.
“I have a little feeling that David Beckham is perhaps a little underrated, but the one that stands out for me is Michael Carrick,”quoted Shaw.
He added: “I don’t just talk about United – he’s always been greatly underestimated for England. He was becoming a little older when I first joined United but always had so much energy. Today, he still has it, to be honest.
“I don’t think he’s had the recognition he deserves because as you look back at successful United stars, you look at all the awards he’s earned because he’s been a key squad leader in that time.”
Carrick only made 34 appearances for England amid his good club career when he struggled to establish himself in a team dominated by Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard’s likes.
Carrick, now 38 and an assistant coach at Old Trafford, retired as a professional in 2018, having ended his career at West Ham before transferring to Spurs and then United in 2006.
The midfielder featured for the Red Devils for 300 games, earning five Premier League championships in the process along with the Champions League and Europa League.
Despite being a regular for United, Shaw believes that Carrick’s contributions have been overlooked and that he can still do a job in today’s side. He envisioned a great future for him in football still:
“I still believe he might still play in the Premier League, based on what we see from him in training.”