Date: 28th October 2006 at 2:01pm
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Really, truly baffling things happen in football. Wenger reveals his worries about the English game, some pundits consider Liverpool to be title challangers and Michael Carrick thinks he needs to score goals at Manchester United.

At Tottenham I played the holding role,’ he told the PFA’s website. ‘I’d hear ex-pros criticising my goalscoring and I’d laugh. The gaffer was happy with what I was doing and getting into those forward positions wasn’t my priority.

‘For United, I’m not playing so deep, so I’ve got to produce goals. I’m having to make forward runs I haven’t done in years.

‘Now is the time, this is the season, I’ve got to step up to the plate,’

‘I used to play up front as a kid,’ he revealed. ‘But even then I got the same buzz setting someone up as I did scoring.’

Michael, am I right if I say you’ve scored 10 goals in 250 club games so far? Not exactly the stats of a goalscoring midfielder. OK, I understand you want to change these stats. But why? United hit the back of the net 28 times in 13 games in this season, and they are nicely divided between 13 players. Everyone talks about Rooney’s goal drought while we have the best scoring stats in the league. We did not buy Carrick to score goals. We bought him for his passing, his vision; even tackling is a more important asset of his game than scoring goals. And when you consider who is his pair in central midfield… Paul Scholes is more than happy to bang in the goals and we know he’s capable of it. Why should we blur these players’ priorities?

The point is, that I’d be happy if he started scoring but I’m afraid he will be badly affected if not. We should not expect him to score goals as it’s not his major strength; and he should not expect himself to score goals for the very same reason. His goals would be pleasant surprises for him and for all of us, but scoring must not become an expectation for him.