Michael Carrick is looking forward to putting his injury woes behind him by making a return for Manchester United this weekend against Chelsea.
The 33-year-old is yet to feature under Louis van Gaal as he had to undergo ankle surgery at the start of the season but after a long rehabilitation process, Carrick is now ready to return for United.
“It’s your worst nightmare as a footballer to be out for so long and this is the longest I have ever been out,” Carrick told ManUtd.com.
“I have never really had to deal with big injuries before, so this was something new for me.
“The timing of the new manager coming in and me getting injured on that first day wasn’t ideal, but that is something that I have got over. I am back training now and looking forward to getting amongst the boys again, and becoming a footballer again!”
Carrick’s return will be a real boost to United because his calming presence has been sorely missed in midfield.
The addition of Ander Herrera, Daley Blind and Angel di Maria into midfield has taken the responsibility of running away from Carrick so when he does play he can solely concentrate on the strongest part of his game which is ball retention and breaking up the play.
Chelsea is a big game for Carrick to potentially make his return in and he has been impressed by their start to the season but United are confident going into the game and so they should be at Old Trafford.
The game against Chelsea will be United’s biggest so far this season and offer a real measure of just how good Van Gaal’s United is.