May 08, 2015 12:40:42 UK
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick will not play again this season because of the calf injury he picked up last month.
The England international sustained the problem in the 4-2 victory over Manchester City and has spent most of the season on the sidelines.
Carrick has missed the three recent defeats to Chelsea, Everton and West Brom that have left United at 1.071 to finish in the top four this season. They can also be backed at 5.50 to win the 2015/16 Premier League title outright.
“Carrick is not available, it was more heavy than we thought,” confirmed United boss Louis van Gaal.
“We tried everything but now we have to think about next season. He shall not play anymore this season, it’s better now to focus for him on next season and being fit to start.
“When you see the stats, it’s clear that he’s very important but that’s also because we have only right-sided holding midfielder.
“That’s what I am saying already in the whole of the season, that our selection is not balanced, and I want to restore that in the next transfer period. The life is not ending at 34, but for a professional football player, it’s close by. That’s why I have to handle again in that position.”
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