Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has hailed Michael Carrick's progression 'unbelievable', reports the Manchester Evening News.
Carrick damaged ligaments in his ankle during pre-season, but now appears to be closing in on a return to fitness after Van Gaal revealed that he's started running.
United have missed Carrick in the opening few Premier League games, with the club yet to win a competitive match under Louis van Gaal this season.
And Van Gaal has praised the progression of the former Tottenham star, as he said: "Carrick is not ready but he has been running for the first time on grass. Unbelievable – after eight weeks."
United fans will certainly be hoping that Carrick continues his progression after his injury, but it remains to be seen as to when he will take to the field for the first time this season.
When Carrick does return, he will have to compete with Spanish ace Ander Herrera for a place in the middle of the park. Van Gaal also has versatile Dutch star Daley Blind at his disposal following his deadline day move from Ajax.
As well as Blind and Herrera, United have the likes of Darren Fletcher and Anderson hoping for opportunities throughout the season, whilst Marouane Fellaini will be hoping to return to the first team set up next month.
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