Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has explained that Michael Carrick should be fit to face Chelsea, reports the Daily Express.
The 33-year-old limped off in the final stages of United’s 4-2 win over local rivals Manchester City, which had raised fears ahead of the big game against the Stamford Bridge outfit this week. At the time it had also left his team to finish the game with only ten men, after using all of their substitutes earlier in the encounter. This may have, in part, contributed to Sergio Aguero’s late consolation for the Sky Blues.
However, van Gaal has calmed fans by making it clear the midfielder is likely to make their next match at Old Trafford.
He said: “I don’t think so. He was wise to step off but we have to wait and see tomorrow. He had a stiff calf and he is a very experienced player so he asked to leave the pitch. I said: ‘Okay.'”
Should they beat the Blues then they will be just five points behind the league leaders. Even so a title charge is unlikely, with Jose Mourinho’s side having a game in hand against Leicester City to come.