Manchester United might be continuing their pursuit of Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos but former England international Jamie Redknapp says Michael Carrick's passing master class against Crystal Palace was reminiscent of the Germany maestro.
Kroos is out of contract at the reigning Bundesliga champions and Champions League winners in 2015 but negotiations regarding a new contract have stalled, despite Pep Guardiola revealing the player wants to remain at Bayern.
United have been heavily linked with a move for the German international, with latest reports suggesting the Premier League champions are preparing a deal worth £250,000-a-week in order to lure Kroos to Old Trafford.
With Ryan Giggs expected to move permanently into manager David Moyes' backroom team, United's midfield resources will be wafer thin next season however Carrick provided a reminder as to his capacity to lead a new era at the club.
The 32 year old has been disrupted by injury this term but his stellar performance in defeating Palace and keeping United's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League alive has seen Redknapp question whether Moyes needs Kroos in his artillery.
"We saw a passing master class from Toni Kroos in midweek for Bayern Munich, but Michael Carrick had one of his own on Saturday," Redknapp told the Daily Mail.
"He completed 135 passes against Palace, the most by any player this season. And, as his touch map shows, he dictated play from all over the pitch."
Kroos scored a superb opener and produced a man-of-the-match performance in the 2-0 Champions League last 16 first leg win over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium last week in front of Moyes, who continues to monitor the ex-Bayer Leverkusen man.
Despite a wrangle over his contract extension, Guardiola is confident Kroos will remain with the runaway German league leaders.
"We all want him to prolong [his stay], and he also wants that, I am very positive about it," the Spanish boss said. "The club, we all want that."