I have posted before about how boring modern football can be where teams endlessly play the ball backwards and sideways and never take any risks. At times you see defenders passing the ball back and forth to each other and ask yourself "what is the point of that". At worst it looks as if those players are scared to try and pass the ball forward - they want someone else to take responsibility. Build ups become slow and predictable. Inevitably all attacks come from wide positions - rarely is the ball passed through the middle. Boro have been as guilty of this way of playing as anyone in the past. But it seems to me that under Carrick things are changing. Watching the Boro yesterday out pass and out class the team in third spot was a thing of beauty. Carrick has given the players the confidence to express themselves and be positive on the ball.