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. Matches will come thick and fast during this period and Moyes will certainly benefit from a fully fit squad since rotation is extremely crucial.
Carrick was involved in the weekend's 1-0 win over Arsenal and he played the full match. He had been suffering from this problem even before the Arsenal match and it is thought to have aggravated following the full 90 minutes. Manchester United's official statement read:
"Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick will be out for four to six weeks with an Achilles injury.
"The 32-year-old playmaker has appeared in 15 of the Reds’ 18 matches so far this season but will be out of action until December."
Carrick has been one of the unsung heroes for United over the years. The absence of Paul Scholes makes Carrick even more important in the squad. United lack passing midfielders, who sit in front of the back four in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
This defeat may force Moyes into using Ryan Giggs, who is a couple of weeks short of his 40th birthday, in this role.
Carrick, though, has not been the first player to admit that United made a shocking start to the season. A run of just three wins from the opening eight matches saw United fall several points behind the table leaders, but the recent win over Arsenal has put them back in the frame.
They have also been consistent at getting results in recent weeks. It may take a while before fans can see the flamboyant United, but for now, it will be about grinding results.
United have difficult away trips against Bayern Leverkusen and Tottenham and a home match against Moyes' former club Everton during this period.