Louis van Gaal confirms Michael Carrick absence ahead of Manchester United’s game against Wolfsburg

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed that Michael Carrick will not play against Wolfsburg on Wednesday night.

Carrick featured in the win against Sunderland last weekend but it appears he has picked up a knock this week.

Meanwhile, van Gaal will “wait and see” when it comes to the fitness of Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia.

Michael Carrick shall not play tomorrow [Wednesday]. The other two [Herrera and Valencia] we shall have to wait and see. They have minor injuries so I don’t want to take any risk,” van Gaal said.

“Like we have done for Wayne Rooney, we will do the same for Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera because we have to play a full season. It is better to withdraw them from one match [than risk further injury].”

Carrick was sidelined for much of last term due to injury and van Gaal is right in not risking him for the Champions League encounter.

United often struggled when Carrick was not in the side last season but the arrivals of Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger has given van Gaal more options in the middle of the park. Three points against Wolfsburg is a must for United following the defeat against PSV Eindhoven in their opening fixture. It will be relatively nervy inside Old Trafford but van Gaal’s side are currently in the midst of a good run and will be confident of securing victory.

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