Michael Carrick to miss the rest of the season for Manchester United

Manchester United must do without one of their key men for the rest of the campaign.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed that midfielder Michael Carrick will not play again this season.

The England international has missed United’s last three matches with a shinbone injury and the club’s Dutch boss has now confirmed – as reported on their official Twitter account – that Carrick’s injury is worse than first feared.

The 33-year-old has been an integral part of United’s side this season, and his absence was sorely felt as his side crashed to three consecutive defeats against Chelsea, Everton and West Bromwich Albion.

Their Champions League qualification is not yet secured and United still have work to do, starting with an away match against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

As for Carrick, after 21 matches this season his campaign is over, leaving United to do the remaining hard work without him.

Carrick’s absence has proved that United still lack strength in depth in midfield and that is likely to be an area of the pitch van Gaal seeks to improve in the months ahead.

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