Manchester United’s midfield injury woes continue

by Sam Peoples

Michael Carrick has been ruled out of today’s game against Fulham and it is doubtful whether he will be fit enough to face Real Sociedad midweek or Arsenal next weekend, according to The Times

There is no official confirmation from United but Moyes did tell MUTV yesterday that Carrick was doubtful due to problems with his calf and Achilles and it looks like we could be without him for a few games.

If Carrick is injured, it is a huge blow to United. In the eyes of many, Carrick is the first name on the team sheet because of how important he is in a United midfield that is still the weak point of the side.

This year, Carrick hasn’t been at his flowing best but he has still attempted the most passes (725) and made the most interceptions (39) in the Premier League. When he isn’t in the side, United lose the sweeping sense of calm that he brings to the team and in his absence, we’re much weaker.

Given that Tom Cleverley is only just recovering from injury and Marouane Fellaini requires surgery on a wrist issue, an injury to Carrick was the last thing our lacklustre midfield needed.

Moyes clearly doesn’t trust Anderson and there are even rumours that Fellaini will still only be given a spot in the bench even in Carrick’s absence, with a midfield duo of Phil Jones and Ryan Giggs his preferred option.

Carrick was rested against Norwich midweek and hopefully if he is left out of Fulham and Real Sociedad, he will be fit to return for the Arsenal game but not having him away at Fulham isn’t the best of starts. The last thing our midfield needs is an injured Carrick.

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