All eyes turn to the Cardiff City Stadium as Manchester United take on Cardiff City on 24th November at 04:00 GMT. The match though not as exciting as most United encounters with Premier League rivals, offers significant reason for every Red Devils fan to wait for.
United lost Michael Carrick to an Achilles injury towards the middle of November. One of the most influential players in the midfield, Carrick has been a formidable element of United’s recent run of form.
With the most number of successful interceptions (15) in the opposition half, Carrick is one of the first names to feature in David Moyes's starting line-up. Though Carrick returned to light training following an operation, he is still expected to be out of action for another five weeks.
This untimely injury provides a new challenge to Moyes, and could be an exciting prospect for the struggling midfielders in the form of Marouane Fellaini and Tom Cleverley.
While Cleverley has looked a fair deal in some of the matches, making key interceptions and a few good passes, Fellaini has also been in and out of form as well. United also have a host of options in the form of the legendary Ryan Giggs and the emerging star Phil Jones who can step up to any task, when required.
But the excitement is not about either of these. It is about the prospect of witnessing the return of another United midfielder. Darren Fletcher looks set to return to first-team action as both Moyes and the Scotland captain are eager to get him in the groove, given his incredible ability to control the game.
Fletcher could offer a temporary solution to the midfield issues if he gets anywhere close to his best. However, Moyes has been cautious in his handling of the situation, and hence the return might take some more time. Nonetheless, United fans wish that this return will finally end his long-standing battle with injuries.
Manchester United wanted to play him as a 16-year-old when he was a schoolboy, but were not allowed by the league regulations. 13 years later, despite being a top-class player, Fletcher does not feature in the list of United legends. Not so far. Injuries have marred his career for far too long. We all want Fletcher to have the last laugh. All the best Fletch!
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