Latest Man Utd team news ahead of West Ham – Carrick still missing

by Richard Laverty

Here is the latest Manchester United team-news ahead of tomorrow’s game against West Ham United at Upton Park.

Michael Carrick remains Louis van Gaal‘s only absentee and the midfielder is set to miss the rest of February with a muscle injury picked up ahead of last weekend’s game against Leicester.

Carrick’s injury has allowed Daley Blind to flourish in his midfield role and with plenty of other options afforded to van Gaal, United should cope without the 33-year-old.

Luke Shaw once again missed the game against Cambridge and can’t seem to hold down a regular spot in the team. It seems though the 19-year-old was merely rested and will return to the line-up on Sunday.

Ander Herrera came on and assisted a goal against Cambridge in a matter of seconds. Louis van Gaal offered an insight on Friday as to why Herrera isn’t in his starting line-up and one would imagine it will stay that way against West Ham.

Rafael seemingly can’t get a game for love nor money. Even with a back four, Antonio Valencia was preferred against Leicester with Paddy McNair played against Cambridge with the Brazilian not even making the bench.

Unless something changes, it seems as if United’s latest player of the month will remain in the team for the foreseeable future.

Ashley Young made a cameo return to action in midweek after a month out with a hamstring injury. He’d been in good form at wing back but a return to a back four suggests Young will have to wait for further opportunities.

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