Fans’ view: Should Michael Carrick start against Arsenal?

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United have arguably played their best football of the season with Michael Carrick in the side so Louis van Gaal would have been delighted to see his return to the first-team in the game against Newcastle United on Wednesday.

After Carrick replaced Marcos Rojo in the 88th minute with the score at 0-0, United grabbed a winner 30 seconds later through Ashley Young.

Coincidence? Probably, but the fact remains that Carrick brings a certain class to United’s play.

With that in mind, we asked our Twitter followers if Carrick should start against Arsenal in the FA Cup on Monday:



Although not all United fans are agreed on whether Carrick should start against the Gunners, most seem to think he should be included in the side at some point.

With United heading into a tough run of fixtures, the 33-year-old’s return couldn’t have been timed more perfectly. However, Ander Herrera may find himself in a precarious position as van Gaal now has to choose between him, Daley Blind and Carrick for the two central midfield spots in the side. Regardless of his decision, it is a good problem for the Dutchman to have.

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