Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has admitted he was relieved to be back in action sooner than expected following injury.
Carrick picked up an ankle injury in England’s game against Spain earlier this month and it was feared that the 34-year-old had suffered ligament damage.
However, he completed 90 minutes in Man United’s 1-1 draw against Leicester City last weekend. Carrick was relieved to be back on the pitch following his recovery.
“I thought it was a bad one at the time, but the scan showed that there wasn’t too much damage,” Carrick said.
”After the swelling went down, I was free to get back involved. I’m fine now.”
It was good to have Carrick back but his presence didn’t help things much for United as they produced another limp attacking display against Leicester.
Louis van Gaal’s preference to play two holding midfielders often hinders United’s play as it means they don’t have too many bodies up top. However, it does guarantee a lot of possession, which the Dutchman seems to love. It is a difficult situation and one that will need ironing out if United are to be successful this term.