Manchester United will reportedly try to arrange a behind-closed-doors friendly as Michael Carrick gears up for a return to first-team action.
The midfielder suffered ankle ligament damage in July and is yet to feature for Louis van Gaal, but the England international is well on the road to recovery and the Daily Mail claims he could take part in a specially-arranged match this week.
There is an even suggestion that if things go according to plan, Carrick could be included in United’s squad for their Premier League game against West Bromwich Albion on Monday October 20.
Carrick’s injury was a huge blow to van Gaal so soon into his tenure, and there have been reports that the Dutchmen rates the 33-year-old extremely highly and will use him regularly despite the presence of Daley Blind and Ander Herrera in a new-look United squad.
There were even claims that Carrick could be used as a sweeper in van Gaal’s 3-5-2 formation but, for now at least, United have reverted back to four at the back, with encouraging results.