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Michael Carrick | Midfielder

Team: Manchester United
Age / DOB:  (34) / 7/28/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 163

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Manchester United have officially confirmed that German international Bastian Schweinsteiger will join them from Bayern Munich.
With Michael Carrick's health a cause for concern, Manchester United needed to fortify their deep-lying midfield and they have done so in style with the acquisition of Schweinsteiger. The World Cup winner is not only an exceptional talent but, as an added bonus, is familiar with Louis Van Gaal and the way he wants to play from their time together at Bayern. The shelf life on Schweinsteiger as a top level first team player may only be 3 or 4 years and he may have little sell-on value after that but in terms of improving the squad for the next few seasons, this is an excellent move. Jul 11 - 1:32 PM

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Michael Carrick has been ruled out for the rest of the season with the calf injury that has seen him sidelined since Week 33.

The loss of Carrick for the season is a big blow to Manchester United as his presence has coincided with the best we've seen from the club this season. His absences have coincided with some pretty rotten football from the Red Devils. With Liverpool still hanging in the race for fourth United will be sweating. Just as important for fantasy purposes, United's other players lose a great deal of value with Carrick out of action.
May 8 - 1:19 PM

Michael Carrick has been present when Manchester United have been good this season but he will be out again for Week 35 with a calf injury.

It seems shocking that a club like Manchester United might be as dependent on one player and especially one as subtle as Michael Carrick. If you look at the results though, United play well with Carrick and are pretty mediocre without him. With West Brom coming to Old Trafford, Daley Blind will deputize for Carrick and United definitely seem to be a risk any time Carrick is out.
May 1 - 3:43 PM

Michael Carrick is unlikely to recover in time to feature for Manchester United at Goodison Park in Week 34 action.

United struggled once again in the absence of Michael Carrick last weekend. The former Spurs midfielder missed the match at Stamford Bridge with a calf complaint and while United dominated possession, they generated precious little danger from that possession. Carrick has been critical to United's conversation of possession into effective attack this season so his absence could cause a concern even against middling Everton.
Apr 24 - 11:01 AM

Michael Carrick has not recovered from a calf injury sustained in the Manchester Derby and will not be in the squad to face Chelsea this weekend.

Manchester United are riding a ton of momentum heading into their top of the table clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday but they have been rocked by key injuries leading up to the clash. Michael Carrick, Phil Jones, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo have all been ruled out leaving Louis Van Gaal to put together a makeshift defense. Carrick might be the most important miss of them all, his presence has correlated to United's best spells of the season and now they enter their biggest match without him.
Apr 17 - 9:57 AM

Manchester United remain hopeful that Michael Carrick will be available for the trip to Stamford Bridge in GW33 after the midfielder took himself off during the dying moments of Sundays’ derby win because of a calf problem.

United finished the game with only ten men having used all three substitutes but at [4-1] the match was effectively over before some slight resistance from Sergio Aguero who scored his second to make it [4-2]. "Carrick was wise to step off" said Louis van Gaal post-match who is optimistic that the midfielder will be ready for the Chelsea match. "He had a tight calf" which suggests his withdrawal was more of a precaution "but we will wait and see." Even though the likes of Daley Blind or even Wayne Rooney could adopt a similar role, United will want minimum disruption to their side after six consecutive wins while Carrick's importance to the team can be measured by only 1 defeat in 16 when he starts.
Apr 13 - 9:41 AM

Michael Carrick returned to Manchester United's starting line-up and orchestrated a huge 3-0 over Spurs at Old Trafford.

Michael Carrick has long been a polarizing player. One camp sees him as the quiet engine behind much of the good at Old Trafford. The other camp sees precious few goals, assists, tackles or other evidence of Carrick's influence. Both camps had to be satisfied as Carrick scored a sublime header, assisted on Marouane Fellaini's opener and generally marshaled a United midfield that dominated Spurs and kept them almost entirely quiet. If United return to the Champions League then this result will be critical to their success.
Mar 15 - 2:02 PM

Michael Carrick has been declared fully fit and should be available to face Sunderland in Week 27 action in the Premier League.

Manchester United have struggled mightily when Michael Carrick has been out of the line-up. Their recent results might not reflect it because they've been playing mostly poor teams recently but they haven't been playing particularly well against those teams. The loss at Swansea last weekend underscored the issue. Carrick is back for Week 27 and should be restored to the starting eleven. If he can help bring some fluency to the United attack from the base of midfield United will be in a much better position to secure a Champions League spot for next season.
Feb 27 - 12:01 PM

Louis Van Gaal will be missing Michael Carrick for a month with a muscle injury.

Manchester United's revival corresponded with Carrick's return to the line-up. Their ability to win without him will be tested with the midfielder likely out until early March. With Darren Fletcher rumored to be departing Marouane Fellaini and Daley Blind are likely to get more playing time.
Jan 30 - 2:00 PM

Facing a massive injury crisis, Manchester United get a lift from the potential availability of Michael Carrick after an injury kept him from suiting up for England.

Michael Carrick's groin issue that kept him out of England matches against Slovenia and Scotland left Louis Van Gaal unsure of whether his holding midfielder would be available for this weekend's trip to the Emirates. While he likely won't be 100%, the United team news lists Carrick as available and likely to start given the injury to Daley Blind.
Fri, Nov 21, 2014 11:15:00 AM

Manchester United suffered another blow today with the news that injury has forced Michael Carrick out of the upcoming England internationals against Slovenia and Scotland.

A scan on Wednesday afternoon confirmed Carrick picked up a "minor" groin strain during training making his availability a doubt for the trip to the Emirates in game week twelve. This latest setback adds to a growing list of injury problems and leaves Louis van Gaal sweating ahead of their crucial match against Arsenal. However there was better news regarding a number of Uniteds’ currently sidelined stars with Rafael, Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Falcao all returning to training this week although none expected to be fit enough to start the next game. Realistically one or two could feature from the bench with the Dutch manager looking to utilise the development squad to help the players get up to speed.
Wed, Nov 12, 2014 06:25:00 PM

After a month on the side-lines Michael Carrick is closing in on a return following ankle surgery back in July.

The Manchester United midfielder suffered an injury during training just as Louis van Gaal took charge and only days before the clubs pre-season tour of America. The Dutchman is said to be a big admirer of the exiled Geordie prompting sections of the media to speculate that the 33 year-old would be the next United captain although a place in the starting eleven is by no means guaranteed following the summer arrival of Ander Herrera. Carrick is due to have his protective cast removed within the next two weeks and will target Everton who visit Old Trafford on October 5th for a return to action.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 04:27:00 PM

With a new manager arriving and a new pecking order to be established, Michael Carrick picked the wrong time to be injured. The United midfielder will be out through September with an ankle injury.

Louis Van Gaal's formation may or may not have a place in it for the aging Michael Carrick when he is healthy but we will have to wait a couple of months to find out that answer. The England international's ankle injury will open the door for others in a crowded United midfield to stake their claim to a smaller number of central spots likely to be available. With three central defenders, it is easy to see an alignment that contains Ander Herrera as the deepest-lying central midfielder with Adnan Januzaj/Shinji Kagawa and Juan Mata behind Robin van Persie/Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney. Not much room for Carrick even when he is healthy.
Thu, Aug 14, 2014 09:35:00 PM

Toni Kroos' name has been replaced in the Manchester United rumor mill with Germany and Bayern Munich teammate Bastian Schweinsteiger.

We told you that there was likely to be a parade of rumors linking Holland and Bayern players to Manchester United this summer because of the Louis van Gaal connection and it continues. After Toni Kroos and Arjen Robben were both thrown into the mixer and rejected by actual quotes from the players another headline-grabbing name has emerged in the form of Bastian Schweinsteiger. In the unlikely event it comes off, it will be a huge get but I wouldn't get my hopes up if I were a United supporter. You're safe for now Michael Carrick.
Mon, May 26, 2014 09:45:00 AM

The search for a new midfield at Old Trafford will have to continue with the news that Manchester United have ended their pursuit of Bayern Munich and Germany star Toni Kroos.

It was never clear if Kroos actually wanted to join the Red Devils or was using them as a negotiating ploy to get an increased offer from Bayern Munich. It now seems likely that it was the latter with United having indicated that they no longer have interest and the player having taken a rhetorical step back by saying he expects to be at Bayern next season. With Michael Carrick fading, Tom Cleverley not improving sufficiently, and Marouane Fellaini playing poorly United will have to look elsewhere to improve the spine of their midfield.
Fri, May 23, 2014 10:13:00 AM