As the game progressed, he switched positions with Daley Blind and stepped into his more natural defensive midfield position and with Blind now sidelined for an estimated minimum of four to six weeks, Carrick is set to re-establish himself in his favoured role.
Tomorrow is going to be a tough game for Carrick if he is used in a midfield role and just how tough it will be depends on what formation Louis van Gaal decides to use.
A 4-4-2 diamond will see Carrick drop into the midfield anchor role which Blind played so well prior to his injury. It’s a role Carrick played previously under Sir Alex and David Moyes but he did so when United’s midfield was so threadbare that he effectively was tasked with winning the ball back, protecting the defence and bringing the ball forward as well.
That wouldn’t be the case now as the likes of Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini, Angel di Maria or even Wayne Rooney have added some much needed quality back into central midfield. Right now, Carrick could simply concentrate on sweeping the defence and winning back possession which are his greatest strengths as a midfielder.
Blind is going to be a big miss for United because of how influential he has been but Carrick is more than able to step into the role so long as his midfield partners make sure they offer him enough support so he isn’t isolated.