Carrick’s return should mean that Marouane Fellaini, who has been poor in recent weeks, drops to the bench.
However, Carrick will not be able to complete 90 minutes at Pride Park. His inclusion will still be a welcome one for Man United supporters:
It is crucial that United ensure their smooth progression to the next round of the FA Cup. Anything less than a comfortable win and good performance from United will inevitably see the pressure grow on van Gaal and calls for him to leave will increase.