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Injury plunges Manchester United’s midfield into crisis

by Sam Peoples

Michael Carrick will not feature again for Manchester United potentially until 2014 due to an ongoing achilles problem according to Mark Ogden from The Telegraph

There has been no official confirmation of the injury from the club but it is not in their interest to confirm or deny the rumours at this stage.

According to Ogden, senior officials at Old Trafford have said that Carrick will be out for at least a month but that it could be anything up to six weeks.

If there was a single player in the United squad who you felt we couldn’t live without, it is Carrick. It was the case last year and we are still in the same scenario this year.

When Carrick doesn’t play, United are a weaker side especially when it comes to being able to simply keep hold of the ball and when it comes to controlling a game, that is a major factor for United.

He hasn’t been at his best so far in the Premier League and this injury would go some way as to explaining why he hasn’t been able to hit top form.

While there has been no confirmation, his brother Graeme did say that Michael had a productive game against Arsenal for ‘playing on one leg’, indicating that he was indeed playing through injury.

If Carrick is out for six weeks, he will miss the busiest period the year as United have nine games in all competitions this December. It means that the rest of our midfield will really have to step up to fill the void, none more so than Marouane Fellaini.

The summer signing has been finding his feet so far at Old Trafford but if Carrick is out for an extended period, he will have the opportunity to show United fans he is worth the £27.5 million we paid for him.

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