Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has been speaking about how he has been afforded time and patience by manager Louis van Gaal.
The 33-year-old regained full fitness only last month after missing the opening weeks of the 2014-15 campaign with an ankle problem.
Carrick was one of the many United players linked with a move away from Old Trafford in the summer transfer window, but the England international’s services were retained by new manager Louis van Gaal.
The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has now revealed how he was helped in his recovery by Van Gaal.
‘He was great with me’, Carrick told United’s official website. ‘It was pretty much his first day in the door when I got injured and I was going off for an operation on that day [of the press conference] when he was coming in. It wasn’t the ideal start but that’s the way it goes.
‘You’ve got to deal with things. I was trying to get fit and trying to be positive and he has been great, along with his staff, in encouraging me and, thankfully, now I’m back’.
Since his recovery, Carrick has been involved in four Premier League matches for United. The veteran midfielder was an unused substitute against West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea, came on in the first half against Manchester City, and started against Crystal Palace.