Is this Manchester United star the most underrated player in Premier League history?

Manchester United have had some absolute sensations during their time.

George Best, Eric Cantona, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes all spring to mind when discussing the finest players to have pulled on the red shirt and played on the Old Trafford turf.

But some players were destined to be unsung heroes. The steadying influence who allows the superstars to shine brightest.

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Sir Alex Ferguson once described Michael Carrick as the best English midfielder around, but the United stalwart has only played 34 times for his country. He earned his first cap when he was 19. He’s now 35.

Not only has he been overlooked by England managers, but his importance in United’s recent success is often doubted.

Carrick has been integral in five Premier League title wins, an FA Cup victory, two League Cups and a Champions League triumph in 2008.

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Carrick is coming towards the end of a career other midfielders would kill for, and has still featured heavily in Jose Mourinho’s team this season.

So we beg the question: is Carrick the most under-appreciated player in Premier League history?

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