Michael Carrick will once again have to spend some time playing for Manchester United’s U21s before he can make his return to the first-team.
Previously, Carrick played with Man United’s U21s during his rehabilitation from ankle surgery earlier this season and the 33-year-old will have to do the same thing again to help him recover match rhythm.
Van Gaal has no qualms using any player in the U21s no matter how old they are or big the name is.
The likes of Valdes, Carrick, Young and Rafael have all featured for Warren Joyce’s side this season and in that sense it is good to see van Gaal getting the most out of the U21s in terms of helping first-team players return to fitness quicker.
Rooney became a makeshift defensive midfielder against Burnley but is simply not suited to that role so from United’s perspective, getting Carrick back sooner rather than later is important because only he and Blind can play in the deeper lying midfield role to good effect.