Manchester United have been dealt a major blow with the news that midfielder Michael Carrick could be out for the first few months of the season. It was the first day of pre-season training at United, but Carrick suffered an ankle injury that could keep him out of action for up to 10 weeks. New manager Louis van Gaal, who had just arrived for his first day of training, confirmed the news. United, though, are likely to be too worried about the situation since they are expected to be quite active in the transfer window – especially for midfielders.
Former Manchester United star Paul Scholes has stated that England might have made a grave mistake in taking Michael Carrick to the World Cup 2014. England manager Roy Hodgson preferred to take a young squad with the likes of Ross Barkley featuring in the team at the expense of Carrick. Scholes, who has played in a couple of World Cups during his stellar career, says that Carrick would have been an integral part of the national team with his passing ability.
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has spoken about the disappointment of missing out on the World Cup 2014 squad. The 32-year-old was one of the major names absent from the squad sheet announced by England manager Roy Hodgson for the World Cup 2014. He still has not announced the 23 man squad yet, but the provisional squad itself does not feature the former Tottenham star. It is understood that Hodgson wants a more youthful setup for the national team in the hope of building for the future.
After being knocked out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage, Manchester United will be looking forward to finish the season strongly according to midfielder Michael Carrick. He has been one of the few players to have come out of the season with some credibility, as the club has performed very poorly this season.
The horrendous season that Manchester United is going through is even affecting the chances of some players on getting noticed and being a candidate for representing their respective club for the 2014 World Cup.
Michael Carrick is a constant starter for David Moyes and his plans but his form has taken a sudden change, much like just about the rest of the entire team which are suffering from finding their best form. So far it has been either Wayne Rooney or Van Persie who have been the main driving force behind United’s last few positive results.
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick says that they still have a slim chance of making it to the top four this season despite the fact that they could not register a win against Fulham in their home turf and then ending up with a goal less draw against Arsenal at the Emirates. The Reds are placed seventh in the Barclays Premiere League and this is one of the worst seasons which United is going through in decades.
Michael Carrick’s ankle is in a poor condition currently and there are speculations that he might be ruled out for about 20 days. The midfielder hasn’t gone for the scan yet, but, the amount of swelling that he has on his ankle suggests that his injury is serious.
Manchester United have sorely missed Michael Carrick in the last few weeks. The midfielder suffered an ankle injury after the 1-0 win over Arsenal. He has been missing in the last few matches, which have contributed to the dip in form for United.
As a result, United find themselves outside the top four and increasingly away from the title race. However, manager David Moyes has confirmed that the player is close to returning to first-team action and he may have him back for the Christmas fixtures.
Manchester United have managed to extend the contract of midfielder Michael Carrick by two more years along with the option of 12 months. The former Tottenham star was going to the end of his contract in a few months time.
However, there was no urgency on the part of the club because he has revealed on several occasions that he would stay at United. Carrick has been an important part of the United team over the last few years, but his stature has grown after the retirement of Paul Scholes.
The management changes at the clubs expected to vie for this season’s Premier League title – Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United- makes the issue of which one will win it all the more intriguing.
However for those keen on football betting, they also make it harder to predict. The bookmakers have made City the early season favourites, but even they recognise that there seems little to divide the teams, as you can get very low odds (2/1, 3/1) on City and Chelsea at some sites. So are there any indicators that could help you decide who to wager on?