We’ll see the best of Roo, says Car­rick

Midweek Sport - - TV GUIDE - By MATT JOHN­SON

MICHAEL CAR­RICK be­lieves Manch­ester United team-mate Wayne Rooney is head­ing for the best sea­son of his ca­reer.

Rooney has been in elec­tric form so far this term. His hat-trick at Bolton on Satur­day was his sec­ond in suc­ces­sive games, tak­ing his over­all tally to eight goals in four matches – just three fewer than he man­aged in the Premier League all last sea­son.

Car­rick is pre­dict­ing some­thing spe­cial from the 25-year-old, who spent a year in the dol­drums af­ter in­jur­ing his an­kle in a Cham­pi­ons League de­feat by Bay­ern Mu­nich in March 2010.

“This is prob­a­bly Wayne’s best sea­son so far and I am ex­pect­ing big things from him,” said Car­rick.

“He has done well in the past but he is get­ting more ma­ture. He is han­dling things well and go­ing from strength to strength.

Bril­liant

“Some­times he plays well but, be­cause he hasn’t scored, peo­ple don’t think he has played well. They just judge him on his goals.

“To score and per­form the way he has is bril­liant.”

Rooney’s con­tri­bu­tion has helped in­spire the young­sters in United’s squad, to the ex­tent Car­rick had not been called on to con­trib­ute a sin­gle minute to United’s league sea­son un­til Tom Clev­er­ley got in­jured at the Ree­bok. Alex Ferguson has said in the past that Car­rick usu­ally takes a cou­ple of months to get go­ing.

It cer­tainly seemed that way last sea­son when the 30-year-old mid­fielder played just twice dur­ing the open­ing two months, partly due to an an­kle in­jury.

But he ended up be­ing an in­te­gral mem­ber of a team that se­cured a record 19th league ti­tle and started the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal.

“It is not so much a case of be­ing wor­ried about get­ting back in, more that I just want to play,” said Car­rick.

“I have to be pa­tient. I have not been left out in the cold in any way and I know I am go­ing to get games.

“It is frus­trat­ing but I look at the big­ger pic­ture – it hasn’t just been me who has had to wait.”

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