Rio Ferdinand says that his Manchester United team-mate, Michael Carrick, is the most “underrated player” in the English Premier League.
Ferdinand also thinks that Carrick’s sumptuous through ball to Javier Hernandez against Chelsea last Sunday was “the pass of the season,” but that Carrick is too unfashionable a player for the pass to get the recognition it deserves.
Carrick has been one of United’s most consistent performers for the past two seasons, and the 31-year-old England international is one of the first names on Alex Ferguson’s team sheet, even if it’s not the flashiest.
And Rio thinks it’s time for Carrick to win the plaudits for the understated role he has played in United’s seemingly unstoppable march to their 20th league title.
"Michael is the most under-rated and under-valued player in the league," said Ferdinand.
"No-one else could play a pass like he did for Javier's goal. It has to be the ball of the season. But I am sure no-one will talk about it.
"It will be swept under the carpet and all the talk will be about other players who maybe do a little bit more explosive things than Michael does.
"He is laid back and plays at his own pace, so he always goes un-noticed. But he is valued highly by each member of our squad, don't worry about that."
"He has stepped up," Ferdinand continued, heaping praise on the former Tottenham Hotspurs man.
"With Scholesy not playing as many games the responsibility has gone to Michael and he has handled it superbly.
"You just wish players like that didn't have to go through their careers searching for accolades.
"You would like to think people would give them out. That hasn't been the case with Michael, which is unfortunate."