Michael Carrick was full of praise for his teammate Rio Ferdinand when interviewed by the magazine Inside United. He labelled Rio as the best defender on the planet, and spoke of how comforting it is for a midfielder like himself, knowing that he has such a good defender backing him up.
Carrick said that this was probably the defender’s best ever season, and that he is actually getting better all the time, with the Man Utd and England captaincy playing an important part in his development. Ferdinand formed an amazing bond with defensive teammate Nemanja Vidic, and this helped Man Utd concede just 22 goals in their Premier League campaign, and securing the title. The defensive parters also helped to rocket Manchester United into the UEFA Champions League Final Moscow 2008.
“He has been immense all season. There are games that stand out – Liverpool at Anfield in the league and the away matches in Europe against Barcelona and Roma.”
“He has been awesome. Not much gets past him and it’s a great comfort for a midfielder like myself to have a player that good backing you up.”
“His performances are consistently at a high standard. The thing is, he’s getting better. Being made England captain and taking the armband in some United games has given him a boost. This season he’s probably proved he’s the best defender in the world.” – Michael Carrick
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