After a two week absence from our beloved Premier League it was very disappointing to hear that Manchester United will be without a couple of their biggest hitters this weekend.
Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial both came back form international duty worse for wear and neither is likely to play any part against Watford (kick off Saturday 12:45 local time).
But, in his weekly press conference, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal did give some positive news on the injury front. In response to recent rumours that Michael Carrick may be out for months, the boss said:
“Michael Carrick is not a heavy injury so he shall be playing much quicker than everyone has written.”
Carrick has been somewhat out of sorts at times this season but his experience and class will be crucial to Manchester United if they are to have a successful season.
And with Marouane Fellaini also out injured Manchester United don’t have great cover for Schneiderlin and Schweinsteiger – arguably United’s first choice central midfield pairing right now.
Manchester United will simply hope to scramble any kind of victory this weekend and then regroup for the crucial Champions League game against PSV on Wednesday evening.