Why Manchester United's Michael Carrick Has Finally Come into His Own

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Why Manchester United's Michael Carrick Has Finally Come into His Own
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Michael Carrick: Elevated to Greatness?

Michael Carrick is not Paul Scholes.

Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, knows that they are different players, playing different roles. Now the fans see that, and he has become a favorite at Old Trafford.

When Carrick is on the ball and an opposition player approaches there is the inevitable cry of "man on," interspersed with "get rid of it!"

But this season the Stretford End has a new song specially for Carrick. He has finally been accepted as a hero. 

So why were there divisions in the past? And what has happened for Carrick to finally arrive at the age of 31?

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