Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick suffered an ankle ligament injury during England’s friendly against Spain and is expected to be sidelined for close to 5-6 weeks. As bad, it may sound for Louis Van Gaal, the Dutchman could yet gain something out of the situation. United manager has looked to play a 2-man midfield with Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Michael Carrick fighting it out for the coveted role in central midfield.
With Carrick sidelined for few weeks, it would allow Van Gaal to play Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin with a degree of consistency, which can only help the team. As for Carrick, he has always been a slow starter to a new season, the only difference this was season was that, instead of competing for places against Cleverley and Anderson, he was up against established players.
Carrick’s performance in last two games for United was worth applauding but apart from that, United’s vice-captain has had a rather subdued start to the season. That is why his injury could yet help Manchester United in the longer to develop a stronger chemistry between Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin. Elsewhere, Ander Herrera has been forced out to play in the number 10 role due to too many options in central midfield.
With Carrick sidelined, Herrera would become the third midfield choice for Van Gaal. Not only that, with Herrera fighting for central midfield role, Wayne Rooney will be the outright choice to play as number 10 with Anthony Martial being the striker. On the face of it, Van Gaal should not suffer too many problems with Carrick’s ligament injury. So much so, it could end up making Manchester United’s team selection even simpler in coming weeks.
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