Manchester United winning six on the trot with Michael Carrick back is no coincidence ... and Juan Mata can still conjure his magic

  • Manchester United defeated Liverpool 3-0 in Premier League on Sunday
  • United have won six consecutive games since Michael Carrick's return
  • Juan Mata scored one and set up another goal in a mesmerising display

Michael Carrick has started the last six games for Manchester United and they have won every one. That is not a coincidence.

He is so versatile and experienced and his calming influence is helping the rest of the team. He is a good, honest player and he doesn’t try to overcomplicate things — all he has is a nasty habit of passing to his own team-mates!

But it’s not just that he takes the easy option every time. He is always looking to pass it forward and get his attacking players on the ball in dangerous positions. 

Manchester United have won six games in a row since Michael Carrick (left) returned from injury

Manchester United have won six games in a row since Michael Carrick (left) returned from injury

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Carrick is passed the captain's armband by Wayne Rooney during United's 3-0 defeat of Liverpool

When he and Daley Blind are both fit, I would still pick Carrick ahead of the Dutchman, purely because he looks to pass forward more often.

David de Gea had another excellent game between the sticks for United and Juan Mata scored one and set up another. People criticise Mata for not having an impact in the biggest games, but you couldn’t fault him on Sunday.

Yes, he got lucky with his goal, which he scored from an offside position, but his assist for Robin van Persie’s strike was superb. 

No other player on the pitch would try a pass as cute as that. It was a Mata moment of magic.

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Goalscorers (L-R) Juan Mata, Robin van Persie and Rooney celebrate victory as United move up to third

Goalscorers (L-R) Juan Mata, Robin van Persie and Rooney celebrate victory as United move up to third

Mata celebrates after scoring United's second goal against arch rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford

Mata celebrates after scoring United's second goal against arch rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford

Mata also set up Van Persie for United's third to silence critics who claim he doesn't perform in big games

Mata also set up Van Persie for United's third to silence critics who claim he doesn't perform in big games

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