Paul Scholes says Manchester United players value the contribution of Michael Carrick.

Despite four Premier League titles in his five seasons at the club, Carrick continues to divide opinion among United fans. But according to Scholes, that is not the case among his team-mates.

"Over the last six years at the club he's been terrific, one of the most under-rated players that the Premier League has had," Scholes told the Daily Express.

"Since he's come we've won the league in all but one season - that says it all. You need players such as Michael to be successful. He's a total team player, which players around him really appreciate.

"To be a central midfielder at this club you have to take responsibility - take the ball all the time, defend at times and be prepared to drive the team on to score goals and win games. Michael does all those things.

"There's no better player at just keeping the ball and keeping it simple.

"Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney, we all recognise how important he is to the team and at the end of the day that's the important thing, that your team-mates know what you're doing in the team.

"As long as they do and the manager is happy, that's all that matters."