Manchester United`s Michael Carrick set to miss Wolfsburg game

“Normally I shall leave after next year but what is normal in our football world?”, he told reporters.


“You never know what Louis will do. If I say I want to stay a year longer it shall be very hard for my wife”.

Van Gaal has two main objectives before he departs for his luxury villa in Vale do Lobo.

Further talking about the Frenchman’s impact on the game at Old Trafford, the United boss concluded, “He was one of the main reasons why we won the match“.

He has made a good start on the latter – taking United to the top of the table after seven matches.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has said he believes the intensity of the Premier League has led to English clubs struggling in the Champions League.

He said: “I don’t have dreams”.

But CSKA’s momentum have dropped over the last three weeks, with a 1-0 loss to Wolfsburg in their Champions League opener and hard draws with Russian title rivals Zenit St. Petersburg and Lokomotiv Moscow – plus a freakish encounter with Mordovia Saransk where CSKA went 3-0 down before winning 6-4.

“I think Michael Carrick shall not play“, Van Gaal said.

“For me as a manager, when you reach the final, you have done fantastically and win the final, of course, all the honours is going to your team and yourself but I know better”.

“There is a great bunch of lads here so we will keep upbeat and hopefully the win will come sooner or later”, the striker said. As a result, the Red Devils were on top of the EPL for the first time in more than two years.

On the same note, Schweinsteiger added, “We have to take it step by step. It’s good for us but we have to play well”.

“I’m just buzzing to be back now and happy to be back in the fold”.

“I would have been more anxious if Manchester City had won against West Ham, but they didn’t”.

“They can achieve a lot”.

The defender had a blood clot in his leg which ruled him out of playing and although he was still fit in theory, it’s an injury which has caused him a major set-back this season.


Like Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia, Carrick did not train on Tuesday ahead of a match in which United can not afford another slip, having lost their opening group game 2-1 away to PSV Eindhoven.

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