Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick may have played on Friday night, but he is determined to make an appearance on Sunday.
The England international made his long-awaited comeback from an ankle operation on Friday when he featured in United's Under-21 side’s clash against their West Ham United counterparts at the Hammers’ Rush Green training ground.
Carrick, a former West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur star, played the first 64 minutes of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League game which ended in a 2-1 win for the Red Devils.
The 33-year-old is now eyeing a place in United’s matchday squad for Sunday’s Premier League clash against Chelsea at Old Trafford.
‘I don't know’, Carrick told MUTV when asked if he will play alongside Daley Blind or compete with the Dutchman for a spot in the United starting line-up.
‘You'll have to ask the manager. I'm here to play. I don't know what the manager's plans are for me but I'm trying to be fit and available for the next game. I'll leave the selection headache up to him’.
Carrick seems to believe that he could play a role on Sunday, but United manager Louis van Gaal may think otherwise.
The game against Chelsea will be huge and could just about be defining in terms of whether the Red Devils could finish in the top four of the Premier League this season.
United do not exactly need Carrick at the moment, and Van Gaal could just leave him out of his squad until next weekend.