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Manchester United’s midfield problems to be eased by duo

by Sam Peoples

Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini are closing in on a return to full fitness and David Moyes has confirmed there is an outside chance Carrick could be in the squad to face Stoke.

Carrick has been sidelined after a freak ankle injury sustained on the artificial surface at the side of Old Trafford’s pitch while Fellaini has been out since December after undergoing surgery on a wrist problem.

United’s midfield is poor at the best of times let alone when your best midfielder and new signing are injured, so it should bring some genuine quality back to our midfield when they both return.

“Carrick is improving with his ankle and has got a good chance of being in the squad [on Saturday],” Moyes told ManUtd.com.

“He’s improving and has done some training. We’ll just check to see if he can twist and turn correctly before we make a decision.

“Felli’s on the fringes of things. We need to get him a bit of match practice but he’s very close as well.”

This season, Carrick hasn’t ever looked quite right on the pitch and it was because he was playing with a long-standing ankle issue. Now that the surgery is out of the way and this unfortunate ankle injury (on the other ankle) is in the past, Carrick needs to regain his 2012/13 form because we desperately need a midfielder to partner Phil Jones.

As for Fellaini, his time at United so far has been unspectacular. Now that he has had his settling in time and completed his surgery, he really needs to kick on for the rest of the season and show Moyes and the fans that he was worth the £27.5 million forked out on him in the summer.

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