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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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Michael Carrick looks set for an extended period on the side-lines after the 34-year-old was stretchered off during the closing moments of Fridays’ international friendly defeat to Spain.
Roy Hodgson revealed post-match that Carrick had "severely twisted his ankle," while a scan is expected to confirm the midfielder has damaged ligaments. Although an exact diagnosis is yet to be made Carrick will be lucky to play again this year. The setback caps a miserable end to 2015 for the player who has already missed around 6-months of football due to injury. Fortunately Louis van Gaal did have the foresight to strengthen in midfield during the summer transfer window. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin arrived to help bolster the squad after the loss of Carrick last season coincided with a dip in form which effectively ended any hopes of a Premier League title. Nov 14 - 7:29 AM
Source: BBC Sport

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Michael Carrick has recovered from the minor issues that caused him to miss England's qualifiers over the last week and he will be fit for the trip to Everton.

Even if you know he's healthy and that he's going to start, no sure thing with Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin both available, Carrick still isn't a great player when it comes to the measurables. He certainly doesn't score a great deal or get a lot of assists but he also falls short in many of the secondary stats that have come into favor in analytical circles as well as fantasy scoring formats. There is not doubt that, on his day, Carrick provides a great deal of the glue that holds the United midfield together but the state of measurement in the beautiful game has yet to find a way to give him statistical credit for what he does. Said another way, he's probably not someone you want in your fantasy team even now that he's healthy.
Oct 16 - 11:19 AM

Louis Van Gaal will once again have all three of his holding midfielders available as Michael Carrick has returned to fitness after missing out against Wolfsburg.

LVG has handed out minutes judiciously to aging and fragile midfielders Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger. He will have that luxury once again as Carrick is available again after missing out in mid-week. Neither Carrick nor Schweinsteiger is of much use from a fantasy point of view when considering the rest of United's squad the ability to count on both players increases the overall chances of success at the Emirates.
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 2 - 10:37 AM

Louis van Gaal confirmed his side came through Wednesday nights’ Champions League encounter with Wolfsburg relatively unscathed. United travel to The Emirates on Sunday with no fresh injury concerns and will be further boosted by the availability of Michael Carrick.

Carrick missed the midweek match as a precaution after picking up a knock against Sunderland last weekend. Van Gaal had alluded to minor injuries suffered by Ander Herrera, Antonio Valencia and Carrick during the build-up to the UCL match; stating that no-one would be risked unnecessarily. Only Valencia made the game but his evening ended early as Ashley Young was introduced at half-time "to stop the crosses." The Dutchman was full of praise for Young "It was important he played [at right back] in the second half. I'm very happy," and hinted that the England international may be in line for a recall having failed to start a game since the opening weekend.
Oct 1 - 4:43 PM

Michael Carrick will be held out of Wednesday's Champions League match for what sound like precautionary reasons.

Michael Carrick was held out of practice and Louis Van Gaal said that he would also be held out of United's Wednesday Champions League match. The specific reason wasn't really discussed but LVG eluded to keeping him out now so as to avoid a significant injury down the road. Carrick has been fragile over the past year so there is certainly some logic to the decision. Even more so if Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin are fit to partner at the base of midfield.
Sep 29 - 1:50 PM

Michael Carrick has overcome his calf injury and will be available to Louis Van Gaal for the Week 5 clash with heated rivals Liverpool.

Michael Carrick has never been much of a fantasy option and is even less of one now that he isn't a guaranteed starter even when he's healthy. The presence of Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger mean that Carrick should almost always be a fantasy afterthought. His presence is a positive one for United as an option in the starting eleven or off the bench but don't let his impact in the real world fool you into him having fantasy value.
Sep 11 - 4:26 PM

Michael Carrick has returned to Manchester United after picking up an injury while on England international duty.

Carrick was an unused substitute on Saturday against San Marino but the United midfielder was expected to replace Jonjo Shelvey for Tuesday nights’ Euro qualifying clash against Switzerland. However Carrick will now return to the Aon Training Complex to be fully assessed – the specifics or severity of the problem are currently unknown. The 34 year-old has struggled to find any rhythm this term as the England international has been rotated with Bastian Schweinsteiger during the opening four PL games and it now looks like Carrick will be used sparingly throughout the season given the number of injuries he has suffered over the past 2-years.
Source: talkSPORT
Sep 7 - 7:02 AM

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

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