The media are generally retarded or bitter or biased or all of those things. Carrick had a great first half. Him and Scholes bossed the midfield against Makelele, Lampard and Ballack in the first half. Then in the second half, he was a big part of the defensive effort to keep Chelsea out. I distinctly remember one fantastic clearance he had, whilst facing his own goal. So the summary was a good offensive first half and a good defensive second half. He deserves at least a 7. Took his penalty well too.