Bryan Robson hails "intelligent" Michael Carrick

Michael Carrick of Manchester United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on August 22, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom.
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Former Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick urges manager Jose Mourinho to start selecting Michael Carrick in Premier League games.

Former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson has insisted that he would always have Michael Carrick in his starting XI.

Carrick signed a one-year contract extension at Old Trafford earlier this summer, but is yet to feature in the Premier League under Jose Mourinho.

The 35-year-old was the standout performer for United against Northampton Town in the EFL Cup on Wednesday though, playing the full 90 minutes and scoring the opening goal to help the Red Devils to a 3-1 victory.

"We saw the other night, I know it was against Northampton, but Michael ran the game," Robson told talkSPORT.

"He's a real intelligent passer of the ball and he knows where to be on a football pitch. For me, Michael would always be in my team."

Robson also backed Wayne Rooney to keep his place in the side despite recent criticism of the captain's form.

Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring during the Premier League game between Manchester United and Stoke on February 2, 2016
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