Van Gaal delivers latest Man United injury update ahead of Palace trip
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is ruled out for the rest of the season due to injury
Michael Carrick has been ruled out for the rest of the season by Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal ahead of Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace.
The England midfielder picked up an injury during last month’s 4-2 Manchester derby win over City and the problem has proved to be worse than first feared, with Carrick now set to miss United’s final three games of the campaign.
Speaking to MUTV on Friday, Van Gaal said: “Carrick is not available, it was more heavy than we thought. “We tried everything but now we have to think about next season. He shall not play anymore this season, it’s better now to focus for him on next season and being fit to start.
“When you see the stats, it’s clear that he’s very important but that’s also because we have only right-sided holding midfielder. That’s what I am saying already in the whole of the season, that our selection is not balanced, and I want to restore that in the next transfer period.
“The life is not ending at 34, but for a professional football player, it’s close by. That’s why I have to handle again in that position.”
There was some good news for United fans however, with Luke Shaw back available for selection against Palace after the defender sat out last weekend’s defeat by West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford.
Van Gaal also confirmed that Jonny Evans is back available, although he is lacking match fitness, while Marcos Rojo is also getting closer to making a comeback for the Red Devils.
“Evans and Shaw can play football or the game,” he added. “Evans doesn’t have the match rhythm as he was injured for six weeks and after that he was suspended for six weeks, and after that he was injured. He needs match rhythm.”
United head into Saturday’s clash at Selhurst Park in fourth place in the Premier League table and four points ahead of fourth-placed Liverpool.