Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic is full of praise for Michael Carrick's form this season.

Carrick is starting to get recognition outside of the United camp.

"Michael is an important player for us. It is not just this season. He has always been an important player for us," declared Vidic.

"He is that kind of player who you maybe don't see much or people don't notice the same but he is always doing a really good job for the team.

"His passing rate this year is much better. He has been more highlighted this season but he's always been important. He is an unsung hero. The players probably appreciate him more than anybody.

"He is a key player. He plays for the team and sometimes he has to sacrifice his game for the team.

"He gives us the balance we need and he is a great player."