The 33-year-old asked to be taken off late in the game on Sunday with a calf complaint and walked off straight down the tunnel which was a big cause for concern for Man United fans because of how influential a player he is.
He dominated Man City’s midfield and has been at the heart of United’s fantastic form of late with his performances, so it would have been a real blow for him to miss the trip to Stamford Bridge.
Although he remained cautious with his words, van Gaal did say he felt Carrick would be fit for the trip.
“I don’t think so,” van Gaal said when asked about Carrick missing Chelsea.
“He was wise to step off but we have to wait and see tomorrow. He had a stiff calf and he is a very experienced player so he asked to leave the pitch. I said: ‘Okay.'”
Carrick really has been magnificent over the last six games. At the ripe old age of 33, he is still dictating and controlling United’s play so comfortably that sometimes it really is hard to believe it’s not Scholes.