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Michael Carrick | Midfielder

Team: Manchester United
Age / DOB:  (33) / 7/28/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 163

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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. Aug 19 - 4:27 PM
Source: ESPN

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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.
Aug 14 - 9:35 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.
May 26 - 9:45 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.
Source: ESPNFC.com
May 23 - 10:13 AM

Manchester United fell behind to Fulham nineteen minutes in and after finally breaking through with two scores in the span of ninety seconds in the second half, looked to be in control, but Fulham would level in the closing seconds to snatch two points away from the Red Devils, putting United boss David Moyes under serious scrutiny.

It was absolute torture for United fans at Old Trafford today, as their club dominated Fulham in every way, shape and form (they set a record for number of crosses by any club this season) except for the end product, which they finally accomplished in the 78th and 80th minutes. The first goal came from a Juan Mata pass within the area that found Robin van Persie camping out at the far post, then moments later, Michael Carrick smashed one in that looked to be the game winner. Somehow, they could not see it out though, and the one point earned may have sealed their fate in not finishing in the top four since the advent of the Premier League.
Feb 9 - 1:04 PM

Juan Mata may be coming but there's little else going right for United with the news that Michael Carrick is injured again and likely out for a month this time.

Michael Carrick returned about two weeks ago from an Achilles injury only to find himself injured again against Sunderland in Manchester United's penalty shootout loss. The midfielder damaged his ankle ligaments in the match has the initial diagnosis has him likely out for about a month. With a late February return the most likely scenario, David Moyes will have to decide if he wants to dip into the transfer window for a replacement or try to make due with the returning Marouane Fellaini and Tom Cleverley.
Jan 23 - 8:07 PM

Michael Carrick, out since late November with an Achilles injury, may return to the line-up against Sunderland in today's Capital One Cup match against Sunderland.

Manchester United have been without their midfield distributor since late November. While their form had been solid in the league over Carrick's absence until their loss to Spurs, they will welcome back a player who has been very much in the first eleven when healthy this season. Carrick was an unused substitute against Swansea over the weekend but David Moyes may look to introduce him back to live action today. His return will likely come at the expense of Tom Cleverley and Darren Fletcher who have been deputizing.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Jan 7 - 1:44 PM

Manchester United will be without the under-appreciated Michael Carrick for approximately a month with an Achilles tendon injury.

The Red Devils went into the international break riding a high after their big victory over Arsenal but they will have to make due without Michael Carrick for a month after he injured his Achilles. The injury was initially of uncertain severity but PhysioRoom.com is estimating that he will return no earlier than the Boxing Day fixture. In his absence, Tom Cleverley and Marouane Fellaini will compete to replace Carrick in central midfield.
Source: ManUtd.com
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 02:56:00 PM

Michael Carrick completed the full 90 minutes against Arsenal on Sunday but has withdrawn from England's friendlies this week.

Carrick has been battling an achilles injury, and this withdrawl is surely a precaution against his relapsing while on international duty. Danny Welbeck withdrew as well, as he has a more serious knee issue.
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 04:40:00 PM

Michael Carrick is struggling with an achilles injury. He's already missed Manchester United's thrashing on Fulham, is unlikely to make their Champions League match against Real Sociedad, and will be a doubt for the weekend's match against Arsenal.

Carrick's absence didn't mean a start for Marouane Fellaini as Tom Cleverley and Phil Jones were in center midfield. It wasn't until United suffered injuries on halftime that the Belgian got on to the pitch.
Source: The Guardian
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 09:15:00 AM