As Manchester United look to bounce back from that shock defeat to Swansea City last week, they were dealt with a nasty blow as top goalscorer Robin Van Persie was ruled out for several weeks, following an ankle injury. While Van Persie hasna t been in top form, United have struggled for goals this season and his 10 goals in 26 appearances make him the cluba s premier striker for this year. The Dutchman was forced to stay on until the end of the game last time out, despite injuring that ankle as United were trailing and had used up all their substitutes. At his weekly press conference, manager Louis Van Gaal gave an update on his compatriota s injury. a He is injured,” said Van Gaal. “He is the only injured player we have, so we changed Michael Carrick for Robin van Persie. “He has ankle problem but I don’t think it’s too heavy [bad] but with an ankle […]

Van Gaal Confirms All Players Except Carrick Fit For Trip To Upton Park

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed that all players except Michael Carrick will be up for selection for their trip to West Ham United on Sunday, a luxury that the Dutchman has rarely had in the season so far. Battling with an injury-hit squad for the past few months, Van Gaal has had to make the best out of the limited options he had. But with the season reaching a crucial point, and United in desperate need of consolidating a spot in the top four of the Premier League, a reduced injury list would definitely be a reason to be happy about. Manchester United are currently third in the league table, with Southampton and Arsenal close at their heels with a one point gap. The Red Devils have also progressed to the fifth round in the FA Cup and will be riding high on confidence following their four-match winning streak. Coupled with that is the fact that the […]

Manchester United were dealt with a huge blow ahead of their Premier League clash with Leicester City at Old Trafford as talismanic midfielder Michael Carrick was ruled out for more than four weeks with a muscle rupture. Earlier in the season, Carrick had suffered a damaged ankle ligament that saw him ruled out for more than 10 weeks. Carrick returned to action in the derby defeat against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in November and has been in stellar form since then. While he has been forced to change position and slot in as a centre half on a couple of occasions, Uniteda s No.16 guided the team to an eleven game unbeaten run, winning eight of those games. Interestingly, the Red Devils had managed just three wins in nine games prior to Carrick’s return. In fact when he made his first start of the season against Crystal Palace, the team had managed a meagre 13 points from the […]

For all of the problems that people have brought up with respect to the England national team, many seem to ignore the fact that England has solutions to some of their on-pitch problems on hand. One of those solutions is a player the national team has underutilized for too long: Michael Carrick. Englandai??i??s Central Midfield: Talent ai??i?? Fit Englandai??i??s problem in the center of midfield has been an issue for quite a while now. Right now, Englandai??i??s central midfield is a trio of Jack Wilshere, Steven Gerrard, and Frank Lampard (though, if Sturridgeai??i??s performances for Liverpool force Hodgson to pick him, then Wilshere would probably be dropped for Wayne Rooney). None of these players are natural at playing the role of the deepest midfielder, nor have any shown a real ability to adapt to the role. Jack Wilshere likes to drive forward from No. 8-type positions to launch attacks, and defensively, he relies heavily on energy and tackling, rather than […]