Michael Carrick to return ‘much quicker’ than expected for Manchester United

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has insisted that Michael Carrick’s injury is not as bad as first feared.

Carrick picked up an ankle complaint in England’s friendly against Spain last week.

There were reports that he could have suffered ligament damage but subsequent rumours suggested he will only be out for a few weeks.

Van Gaal confirmed that Carrick will be back “much quicker” than expected:

Man United are currently in the midst of an injury crisis, with Anthony Martial, Marouane Fellaini, Antonio Valencia and Wayne Rooney also set to miss the game against Watford this weekend.

Carrick’s absence can be covered by Bastian Schweinsteiger and Ander Herrera, but van Gaal will be keen for the Englishman to return to action as quickly as possible.

United’s squad depth is being tested ahead of the crucial Christmas period. Van Gaal has spoke before of how he likes having a smaller squad as it gives younger players a chance to work their way in but if the team picks up any more injuries then eyebrows will be start to be raised. It is unclear exactly how United will line up at Vicarage Road and it will be interesting to see how they cope.

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