Ahead of the fourth round FA Cup tie against Championship side Derby County, the Red Devils have been handed mixed injury news regarding the fitness of some of their key players.
According to Louis Van Gaal, Michael Carrick is set to make a return to the Manchester United starting lineup this weekend.
The English midfielder has missed a small part of this season due to injuries.
He hasn’t featured for the Red devils since their 2-1 win against relegation threatened Swansea at the start of this month.
In the absence of Carrick, Manchester United have won just 1 of the 3 games in the league.
His return therefore will be a timely boost for an underperforming Manchester United side.
“It is very good that he is coming back,” manager Louis van Gaal said.
However, while Michael Carrick is coming back, full back Matteo Darmian will be out of action for the fixture.
He suffered a head injury in Manchester United’s home defeat against Southampton last weekend and isn’t fit to return just yet.
In addition to the likes of Darmian, both Bastian Schweinsteiger and Phil Jones remain absent.
When asked about the injury situation of the duo, Van Gaal refused to put a timescale on their return.
“I cannot say [if they are close],” he added. “Every time I make a remark about injuries it is always difficult because injuries have developments and you have to wait and see.”