With less than four weeks to go before the January transfer window opens and with United's midfield seemingly on its deathbed after the injury that has sidelined Michael Carrick even though, it has to be said, it did not enjoy particularly good health before that it seems only sensible for David Moyes to look at strengthening his squad next month.
Manchester United's most underrated players and central midfielder Michael Carrick has been troubled with an Achilles injury which will keep him out till the end of 2013. This is a great chance for young Tom Cleverley to step up and fulfill his promising potential. Everyone knows that United's midfield is weak, particularly when compared to those of other top teams.
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As much as Manchester United are looking forward to signing a creative midfielder, they are also interested in keeping the current star performers. Michael Carrick has been one of the best players for United in recent years. He signed a three-year deal with the club back in 2011, which is close to coming to an end.
As the international break continues to drag on and on, like a seemingly endless bus trip, there is, at last, something to be cheerful about, as United are expected to announcethat Michael Carrick has signed a new contract by the end of the week.
Talks between the Geordie midfielder and the club had continued over the last couple of weeks and both parties seem to be satisfied with the terms of the new deal, which will keep Carrick at Old Trafford for another two and half seasons at least, with the option to extend the contract for a further 12 months.
Manchester United are reportedly considering the option of submitting an offer for Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta in January, as David Moyes has been made aware of a simmering malaise between the Spanish midfielder and the Barcelona hierarchy.
With United's midfield now down to bare bones given the injury that will sideline Michael Carrick for the next six weeks, signing Iniesta would be an incredible coup for David Moyes, for the Spaniard has consistently been one of the world's top players for the last five or six seasons.
According to Sir Alex Ferguson, the largest factor in last season's 20thleague title for Manchester United (aside from the signing of Robin van Persie) was the week-in and week-out performances of midfielder Michael Carrick. The legendary manager had been Carrick's biggest defender over the course of the player's first seven seasons at the club.
Manchester United have been dealt a major blow with the news that Michael Carrick could be out for up to six weeks because of an Achilles injury. Carrick was already set to miss the upcoming international matches for England. The length of the injury is the major worry for United since it could see Carrick unavailable for the crucial Christmas period.
Michael Carrick is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines with the Achilles injury that forced him to withdraw from the England squad. The Manchester United midfielder could be out until Christmas after undergoing a procedure aimed at curing a persistent problem. The 32-year-old received an injection to reduce inflammation The former Spurs star [.
Huge blow for Man Utd as Michael Carrick could be out till Christmas - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick, who is close to signing a new contract with the club, is facing an extended spell on the sidelines after undergoing a procedure to resolve his persistent Achilles injury.
Just when United's season seemed to have picked up speed, courtesy of three consecutive league wins and a nine-game unbeaten record, the Reds have been dealt a serious blow by the news that Michael Carrick could miss up to six weeks, with a persistent achilles injury likely to be the source of his problems.
A team in crisis facing the runaway league leaders. A team in decline facing the new kings of English football.
That's how it had been billed. Luckily for us, however, Manchester United don't do scripts, if anything they enjoy nothing more to defy them.
Arsenal arrived at Old Trafford on the back of 14 wins in their last 15 games and, for the first time in almost a decade, they looked to carry a genuine threat, considering their scintillating form had yielded back-to-back wins against Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund.
Possible Man Utd Starting XI Against Real Sociedad - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United will face La Liga outfit Real Sociedad in the Champions League Match Day 3 rounds on Wednesday night at the Old Trafford, looking to cement the top position in Group A.
The Red Devils will be looking to shake off their disappointment in the Premier League, following their 1-1 draw against Southampton at home on Saturday the result leaves them in 8th position, 8 points behind leaders Arsenal.
There was a sigh of relief around Wembley. Steven Gerrard surged forward and fortuitously skipped past Kamil Glik, clipping the ball over Wojciech Szczesny to double England's lead – securing a spot in next year's World Cup. It wasn't easy, but Roy Hodgson did it. The Three Lions will return to the ‘world's biggest stage', this time with less expectation, but some optimism based on Hodgson's bold moves over the past four days.
As England woke up wrapped in World Cup fever after last night's 2-0 win against Poland, we can finally put international football aside and concentrate on club football which, whether the FA likes it or not, the bread and butter for the overwhelming majority of fans.
However, whether it's a matter of clubs or internationals, one things remains certain: the rumour mill is constantly, relentlessly in action and Manchester United, who have seen Michael Carrick excel in an England shirt yesterday, have now been linked with yet another midfielder.
Michael Carrick will be named in England's starting line-up to face Poland this evening, according to the Daily Mail. Media reports appear to be unanimous in their assessment that Chelsea's Frank Lampard will drop to the bench from the team that faced Montenegro on Friday. While the Daily Star suggested that Arsenal's Jack Wilshere would [.
Yesterday's World Cup qualifiers were a mixed bag for United players, with Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie on the scoresheet, while Jonny Evans was sent off for Northern Ireland.
At Wembley, Rooney scored England's first goal as Roy Hodgson's men thumped Montenegro 4-1, with Rooney and Danny Welbeck putting in a good performance, while Michael Carrick came off the bench in the second half.
Michael Carrick was a very good player when he made his move to Manchester United, but few would have predicted his rise within the squad. At 32 years of age, the England international is at the peak of his powers when it comes to playing level and experience. The retirement of Paul Scholes has elevated him to an important place in the United squad and he repaid the faith with excellent performances last season.
David Moyes has confirmed that Rio Ferdinand, Anderson, Fabio and Wilf Zaha haven't travelled to Ukraine for tomorrow's game against Shakhtar Donetsk. Both Zaha and Fabio played in last night's U-21 game against Bolton so were never likely to be in contention.
Talking specifically about Rio, Moyes said: "I was never bringing him anyway but he has a slight groin problem.
Michael Carrick says he can't choose between former Manchester United team-mates Paul Scholes and Cristiano Ronaldo to pick the most gifted player he's ever played alongside. The England international also includes opponents Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta in the same bracket. He said: "Scholesy's a genius.
5 Things We Learnt From the Manchester Derby - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Anyone who came to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday hoping to witness a hard-fought, competitive Manchester Derby went home very disappointed indeed. Well, perhaps not the City fans. The Blue Army saw their team put on one of the best performances of the season and thrash the Red Devils 4-1.
5 Things To Look Forward To In The Manchester Derby - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Sundaysees the first Manchester Derby of the season take place at the Etihad Stadium. Even though it is only the 5th game in the league for both sides, this derby is one of great significance. With new managers at the helm for both sides, victory in this game will be a huge psychological advantage for both sides.
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has downplayed Sunday's derby match against rivals Manchester City, insisting that instead of focusing on their rivals United are only interested in themselves and their own game. The Red Devils enter the match in a good run of form, with wins against both Crystal Palace and Bayer Leverkusen this week.
Manchester United cruised past German side Bayer Leverkusen in David Moyes' debut in the Champions League group stage.
Shinji Kagawa and Marouane Fellaini made their first appearance in United's starting eleven – Kagawa was assigned to left of a midfield three, behind Robin Van Persie, while Fellaini played in the double pivot with Michael Carrick.
If there's been one lesson to be learnt so far this season, is that the options at David Moyes' disposal resemble a blanket that it's never quite long enough, thus always leaving some vital parts of United not properly covered.
Wednesday's superb performance against Leverkusen highlighted how big a difference Shinj Kagawa can make when deployed in his favoured number 10 role but, given the injuries that sidelined Robin Van Persie and Michael Carrick, the formation Moyes adopted in Germany was borne out of necessity rather than conviction.
Michael Carrick has signed a new contract with United which will keep him at the club until 2015, with the possible option of a further year. This is a rare move for the club, given that players in their 30s are usually only offered one year extensions.
Ryan Giggs was given a two year deal in 2005 but other than that, our older players aren't given the security of longer deals.
Every United fan has their favourite player in the squad. For some, it's Robin van Persie, the man who gave Alex Ferguson a fitting send-off, and who made Wayne Rooney look like the waste of skin he is. For others, it's Rooney himself, seeking to prove that running about a lot for a whole match will adequately replace things like a first touch, creativity, or being able to pass over a distance over longer than 10 yards.
One of the things that Ed Woodward saidabout Manchester United's poor summer transfer window was that new United boss David Moyes wanted to "spend time with the squad" to understand what he had before deciding on what he needed to add via the transfer market.
Well four months later and Moyes should have a pretty good idea by now about who fits into his plans and who doesn't so that he can now start to shape the squad the way he wants.
Everybody makes mistakes. Even Alex Ferguson, even Miley Cyrus. David Moyes, however, can't take a step without stepping into dog turd. A professional manager, you wouldn't necessarily believe it. However, it's apparently too early to call for his head regardless of whether or not you thought he was the wrong choice in the first place.
The FA has announced Roy Hodgson's England squad for the important World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland. The Three Lions need to win both matches to guarantee qualification for the 2014 World Cup.
The squad is as follows:
Goalkeepers Fraser Forster, Joe Hart, John Ruddy
Defenders Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Phil Jagielka, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Kyle Walker
Midfielders Ross Barkley, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Andros Townsend, Jack Wilshere
Forwards Jermain Defoe, Rickie Lambert, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Daniel Welbeck
The FA Announces England National Team Squad for Games Against Montenegro and Poland is a post from World Soccer Talk.
It's always good to go in to the International break after picking up a good result. Beating Arsenal a couple of weeks ago was a fantastic result for United, following the press and even our own fans writing us off. The popular line was that if we lost that game we had no chance of winning the title, so picking up the three points after a solid performance has certainly kept our critics at bay.
Roy Hodgson has used his afternoon press conference to announce the England squad for the upcoming home friendlies against Chile and Germany on the 15th and 19th of November respectively, and it looks a little something like this...