Michael Carrick misses West Ham through injury and Bastian Schweinsteiger returns – report

by Sam Peoples

Michael Carrick will miss Manchester United’s game against West Ham today due to a slight muscle strain and Bastian Schweinsteiger is set to be called up in his place, according to reports.

Having started two games already this week it was unlikely that Carrick was going to start for the third time in seven days but Man United fans will be hoping any withdrawal through injury is merely precautionary.

As for the potential return of Schweinsteiger, that will certainly be a turn up for the books. It was only a couple of weeks ago that Bastian returned to first-team training so for him to now be included in a match-day squad is a huge step in the right direction for him, even if it was forced only through injury.

On a side note, the inclusion of Schweinsteiger would place serious question marks over Jose Mourinho’s trust in Morgan Schneiderlin. The French midfielder is already behind Marouane Fellaini and Carrick in the defensive midfield pecking order, could he really be behind Schweinsteiger as well?

We’ll have full team news at 3.30pm today but the early reports emanating from the press suggest we’ll have to cope without Carrick against West Ham.

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