Man United could be without both Fred and Luke Shaw vs Chelsea, Michael Carrick has claimed.
This is looking to be Michael Carrick’s second and last game as manager of Manchester United, with a deal for Ralf Rangnick signed and sealed.
Credit where it’s due, the ex-midfielder got these players working hard against Villareal in midweek, securing a nice 2-0 victory to book our place in the Champions League knockout phase.
Carrick leads his side into battle in another tough game this weekend against Chelsea. Right now, Thomas Tuchel’s side are the in-form team so this is going to be an uphill battle.
The Red Devils’ task is set to be made even harder on the injury front, too, with United sweating on the fitness of a key duo, according to the manager.
Both Fred and Luke Shaw are doubts. These are two players who have been amongst the first names on the team sheet over the last eighteen months…
Check out what Carrick had to say on the injury news here:
“We’ve got two or three different little issues where we’re waiting,” Carrick said, per ManUtd.com. “It’s never ideal. You want a full squad to pick from.
“There is one or two that we’re kind of waiting on. Luke took a bang on the head, we’re assessing him and we’ll make a call on how he is. Fred twisted his ankle. He managed to carry on and see the game out, which is pretty incredible. He played a big part in us winning.
“We’ll have to see how that works out. We’ll be strong and look forward to the game.”
I’ll start with Fred, who was excellent against Villareal on Tuesday. It was his pressing and tenacity that led to our first goal, with the Brazilian playing a part in the second, too.
With United already looking pretty thin in midfield, he would be a big miss for this one.
Shaw has struggled this term, that much is obvious. That said, he’s still our go-to left-back. While it’s fair to say Alex Telles hasn’t been given a real chance to prove his worth, there’s a reason why the Englishman has started week-in-week-out when fit. I’d still prefer to see Shaw in the team over Telles and this game becomes harder without our number 23.
Thankfully, this game is on Sunday so Carrick has another 24 hours or so to gauge whether these guys are fit enough to play at least some part.
Hopefully, we’ll see them on the bench at the very least.
Get well soon lads.
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