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Michael Carrick has been an integral part of the Manchester United team this season.
Michael Carrick may still be a "Marmite" figure for some Manchester United supporters, but his form this season will have convinced the majority of his worth to the team.
The 31-year-old joined United from Tottenham in July 2006, and despite his impressive form with Spurs and West Ham United, he found himself in the shadow of Owen Hargreaves and Anderson the following year.
His pace, confidence, passing and focus were all questioned during his formative years at Old Trafford, but Carrick has long since emerged into his own limelight, although injuries had played a significant part in his lack of progress.
Carrick is taking the Premier League by storm this season, even if it is in a relatively stealth mode.
His tackling is measured along with his passing, and he has found his feet in the first team with United legend Paul Scholes heading to retirement.
Even at international level, Carrick has found himself on the fringes of England selection behind Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Gareth Barry, but his performances this season deserve the recognition of Roy Hodgson as he looks to seal qualification for the 2014 World Cup.
He has won just 26 caps since making his debut in a friendly against Mexico in 2001.