The Englishman has been vital under Jose Mourinho, but his exclusion from the squad indicates he will be starting away at Swansea in the Premier League on 6 November instead.
Ander Herrera‘s red card against Burnley rules him out for the Swansea trip and Mourinho will want to keep Carrick fit ahead of the clash, so it’s understandable he’s not included and a real indicator of how much Mourinho wants to use him in Wales.
The 35-year-old could have been a big figure under Mourinho but cannot play each game as he enters the latter stages of his career. United have won every match Carrick has started and many fans have been calling for him to start each match but that’s unlikely to happen given his age. However, he has earned praise from Mourinho with the Portuguese boss claiming it was a pity he couldn’t stop the clock on Carrick ageing.
Carrick has showcased he can be relied upon each time Mourinho has turned to him, he possess the ability to put in a stellar performance even if he hasn’t been able to build up a run of games.
Paul Pogba has been forced to play with a number of different partners since his move to Old Trafford and with Herrera’s suspension, Carrick seems in line to unlock the Frenchman’s true potential at Liberty Stadium.