Carrick told the Daily Mail: "I try to play the ball forwards as quickly as possible,â€™ he said. â€˜It doesnâ€™t have to be 50 or 60 yards. It may only be 10 yards. But I want it to be forwards. A 10-yard pass may take two of their midfielders out of the game. So itâ€™s effective. I always have in my mind the desire to keep the flow of service going to those ahead of me.
"The pass Rio mentioned came off perfect. Iâ€™ve probably played so many of those this season that havenâ€™t. For Rio to say that is nice. Whether he has a point or not, itâ€™s hard to say."