Manchester United won an extremely closely contested Manchester derby on Wednesday night, courtesy of a second-half winner scored by none other than Juan Mata. Now, attentions turn back to the bread and butter of the Premier League with Burnley visiting Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho met the media to conduct his usual pre-match press conference, and during that, he was full of praise for Michael Carrick after yet another scintillating display in a massive game.
However, there are two sides to that story and it looks as though the veteran will not be taking to the field come the weekend – purely down to the fact that he is 35-years-old, and his body simply cannot cope with the rigours of modern day football.
“It’s one thing to be 25 years old, another thing to be 35 years old. That’s the logic of things. But the only thing I can say is he’s phenomenal. No doubts about it. Do I have to manage? I think I have to,” Mourinho said.
“I can’t expect from Michael what I can expect from [Marcus] Rashford or [Ander] Herrera in terms of playing three, four, five, seven consecutive matches.”
“But he’s phenomenal and when you say he played in the last two wins, I think the last three maybe because he also played against Northampton – there is no relation with victories – but for sure when he is on the pitch he gives us important things.”
At the end of the day, this is probably a good game to let him sit out. Manchester United don’t need to go with a midfield three at home against a side who’ll be fighting relegation come May. Two midfielders will be more than enough, and Ander Herrera coupled with Paul Pogba is the way to go.