The England international damaged ligaments in his ankle during pre-season and was the first piece of bad news revealed by Van Gaal at his opening press conference back in July.
Although there has been a positive outlook on Carrick’s progress in recent weeks with the midfielder returning to training, Van Gaal insists it’ll be a while yet until Carrick returns to the squad.
“This was his first week on the grass,” Van Gaal said. “He did very well but he needs many more weeks yet.”
The good thing about current circumstances is that for once United fans don’t have to worry about a lack of options in midfield as Daley Blind made his debut in Carrick’s position last weekend along with fellow new arrivals Ander Herrera and Angel Di Maria, the latter making his Old Trafford bow.
Carrick was integral to United’s success in Sir Alex Ferguson‘s last season where he potentially put in the best performances of his United career and certainly enjoyed his most consistent performances in the midfield.
But the 33-year old was one of many who struggled to adapt to life under David Moyes and the man who’s been at Old Trafford almost a decade now may struggle to regain his first team spot in a new look midfield that excelled against Queens Park Rangers last weekend.