Rio Ferdinand thinks the excellent midfield partnership of Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick and Paul Pogba is responsible for Manchester United’s resurgence under Mourinho.
Carrick, who didn’t make a single Premier League start until the early November win against Swansea, has been in great form whenever available in every league game since.
Herrera, meanwhile, established himself as a regular member of the first-team almost three months ago, and record summer signing Pogba showed his growing influence with the game-changing performance at Crystal Palace last week.
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Rio Ferdinand, who has played alongside Carrick for Manchester United, West Ham, and England, and has witnessed Pogba’s maturity during the Frenchman’s two-and-a-half years as a teenager at Old Trafford, is confident the pair, along with Herrera, have brought much more stability to this United squad.
“I don’t think Jose knew his best team for a while, but in the last few games you’ve seen him consistently starting the three midfielders of Herrera, Carrick and Pogba, and I think you’ve seen a better balance in the midfield,” Ferdinand told the United website.
“So hopefully we can start motoring on now.
“That’s been a problem in the past in terms of working out where the balance is and who the best partnerships and combinations are, and I think he may have found that in those three. It frees up Paul, who’s a bit more of a maverick, and means he can roam a bit more.”
United are now unbeaten in 10 fixtures, and still haven’t lost a single game whenever Carrick has started this season. The United vice-captain will be out of contract when the season ends, but Mourinho has already dropped a strong hint that he could extend Carrick’s Old Trafford stay.