Manchester United have been given an injury boost as Michael Carrick has been tipped by Louis van Gaal to make a return in tonight’s clash against Derby.
The 34-year-old last featured in the match against Swansea City back on January 2nd, but only managed to register about a minute of football before the final whistle blew.
He is now expected to play a part in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup against the Championship side as he looks to win back his regular role in the squad.
Despite the potential return of Carrick, United manager Van Gaal revealed that he could still be without Bastian Schweinsteiger and Phil Jones, while Matteo Darmian will surely be unavailable.
“It’s very good Carrick is coming back. Darmian will miss out,” he is quoted by Sky Sports.
“I cannot say [if Bastian or Phil are close]. Every time I make a remark about injuries it is always difficult because injuries have developments and you have to wait and see.”
The upcoming FA Cup match against Derby could be a good chance for Van Gaal to rotate his players given that they face Stoke City in the Premier League on Tuesday.
Carrick has been a regular first player for the Red Devils this term, registering 18 appearances in all competitions.