Michael Carrick, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones expected back for Manchester United

Michael Carrick

Manchester United are hopeful Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Michael Carrick will return in time for the Premier League game against West Bromwich Albion this weekend.

According to the Mirror, Manchester United are set to ring the changes this weekend with potential injury returns for the influential Michael Carrick, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones.

The report in the national newspaper suggest Louis van Gaal will make a total of five changes to his starting eleven after a ‘lengthy training-ground rant’ after the 3-0 loss to Everton and Goodison Park.

Jones, Rojo and Carrick are said to be in-line for starting spots in the United team and could be joined by Robin van Persie and Angel di Maria as the ex-Holland boss looks to turn around the club’s fortunes after back-to-back defeats.

How important is Michael Carrick?

After the loss to Everton, the absence of the England international was noted more than ever as the Toffees counter-attacking game ripped through United’s side with ease.

The former Spurs man may not be important to the side due to his goalscoring ability or creativity. However, the 33-year-old is often able to end the opposition’s attack and begin the start of United’s – an integral quality they dearly lacked last weekend.

How key is the return of Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones?

The return of Rojo and Jones will undoubtedly give the United backline a lot more quality and the timing of their return couldn’t have come any sooner.

After conceding three goals in their last game, Van Gaal will be putting pressure on his side to keep a clean sheet and show they are not porous at the back. If they fail to do so, it will only stoke the fire that big defensive changes could be made in the summer transfer window.

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