Carrick: I want to give Van Gaal selection headache

25 October 2014 00:03

Michael Carrick is desperate to give Louis van Gaal a selection headache after returning in Manchester United’s Under-21 fixture with West Ham.

The 33-year-old has yet to make a competitive appearance this season after he underwent surgery on an ankle injury in July.

However, Carrick, who was on the bench for United’s 2-2 draw at West Brom last Monday, is edging closer to a first-team comeback after featuring in the Under-21s’ 2-1 win on Friday.

It remains to be seen where United manager Van Gaal will utilise Carrick, with transfer-window signing Daley Blind currently used in a defensive midfield role.

Carrick, though, is merely focused on breaking his way back into the team.

“I don’t know [where I will play],” he told the club’s official website. “You’ll have to ask the manager.

“I’m here to play. I don’t know what the manager’s plans are for me but I’m trying to be fit and available for the next game. I’ll leave the selection headache up to him.”

After spending a frustrating spell on the sidelines, Carrick is relieved to be stepping up his recovery.

“It’s been a while.” he added. “It’s been about five-and-a-half months since the last game as it was the end of last season.

“It’s been a long time so it was nice to get out and get the feeling of playing in a match. I’ve been training for two or three weeks now so that was the next step for me and it was nice to get out there.”