Manchester United will heave a sigh of relieve as news of long serving mid-fielder Michael Carrick returning to the training at the club’s Carrington grounds hits the air. Manager Louis Van has revealed that club can now look forward to better daysas four players including Carrick have returned to light training.
Since he suffered an ankle injury during United’s pre-season tour of the United States, Michael has not played for the Red Devils. Van Gaal will also welcome Ashley Young (groin), Chris Smalling (hamstring) and Phil Jones (hamstring) who have all resumed training as they attempt to return to the first team. The Dutchman further confirmed that midfielder Anderson and defenders Jesse Lingard and Jonny Evans are also close to a return to training.
With Manchester United already without summer arrival Ander Herrera due to a broken rib, Louis van Gaal will be very pleased to have another trusted Midfielder in his ranks. While giving an update on Ander’s injury, the Dutch boss said;
‘It was very disappointing to see Ander Herrera suffering a fractured rib, which has added to our injury list at a time when I thought we were seeing a very dim light at the end of the tunnel in terms of injuries’.
The real deal is that Michael Carrick can now have few weeks to really make a case for himself in the heart of the Red Devil’s mid-field. The Englishman had hitherto bossed the midfield alongside the resourceful Paul Scholes and with the latter’s retirement, Michael must have hoped to enjoy even more playing time until the 25 year-old Spaniard made the switch. In Carrick’s absence, Herrera had endeared himself to the fans who believe that the creative mid-fielder brings more class than the former Tottenham star could. It is obvious that with age no longer on his side, the 33-year-old Carrick can only be at his best for 2 more seasons at most, but in that period he will still want to continue being a regular at Old Trafford and now that his main rival is injured, Michael will have ample time to show his competitiveness.
More so, with Anderson and Jesse Lingard making a steady progress, Manchester United’s mid-field options are going to be bolstered. Another advantage that the Red Devil’s will benefit from is the international break coming up which will give the team 2 more weeks to get those players who have just returned to full fitness. A cameo substitute appearance from James Wilson in the 2-1 win over Everton has eased fears over his fitness after the youngster hobbled off during Manchester United Under-21’s victory Tottenham last week and if the need arises, Jesse might feature against West Bromwich Albion and even Chelsea if the boss decide to play him in the absence of team captain, Wayne Rooney who is currently serving a ban.