Roy Hodgson expects Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney to be fit for Manchester United against Everton

by Sid Choudhary

England national team manager Roy Hodgson is confident both Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick will be available for Manchester United when they visit Everton in less than a week’s time.

Neither player appeared for England during their 2-0 victory over Estonia at Wembley, but Rooney was awarded a golden boot by Sir Bobby Charlton before the game for becoming his country’s all-time leading goalscorer.

The pair started Man United’s last game, a 3-0 loss at the Emirates Stadium to Arsenal and both players came under heavy criticism for their performances. Carrick struggled to get onto the ball in midfield and was extremely wasteful in possession, whereas Rooney had another day to forget as his poor form continued.

Both players will want the opportunity to bounce back when they make the trip to Goodison Park on Saturday. It is unclear whether either of them will start for the Reds with the likes of Ander Herrera and Bastian Schweinsteiger expected to be fit and ready by the time the game comes around.

Rooney in particular is under huge pressure to deliver for United. He has struggled all season in the league, scoring just once, and his performances have been disappointing to say the least. As captain of the team, Rooney seems to get special preference in terms of keeping his place in the starting lineup but after his poor showing against Arsenal and the slight injury he has picked up, Louis van Gaal may feel that it is time for a change in the number 10 role.

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