Michael Carrick set to return against West Brom

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Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick looks set to be handed a place in the side's 18 to take on West Brom at the Hawthorns on Monday evening. 

This has been reported by the Daily Mail,  who have suggested that the midfield ace is set for a place on the bench against Alan Irvine's side next week. It has been reported, however, that the 33-year-old - who is yet to feature this season - may miss the proposed friendly match on Friday. 

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Friday fixture 

Despite the club looking set to play Burnley in a behind closed doors game on Friday, it appears that Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal doesn't  think the game will give Carrick enough recovery time in order to be ready to play some part at the Hawthorns.

Carrick, then, may well have to prove his fitness in training and take part in practice matches with his teammates. Manchester United fans will certainly be hoping to see Carrick return to the pitch sooner rather than later, with the player having played an integral role at the Theatre of Dreams over the past couple of seasons. 

In Sir Alex Ferguson's final season in charge - the 2012/13 campaign - Carrick played an integral role for the club as they landed Premier League silverware. And now, the midfield ace may finally kick off his season under the Van Gaal regime on Monday. 

Midfield options 

After Manchester United's summer transfer activity, Carrick may well have a new partner in the middle of the park this season. With the likes of Daley Blind and Spanish ace Ander Herrera plying their trade at the Theatre of Dreams, competition for places may be high upon Carrick's return. 

The Red Devils also have the experienced Darren Fletcher to call upon, as well as Belgian ace Marouane Fellaini who will be looking to make an impact this term. The midfield department has been a problem area for the club in recent years, but Van Gaal will now be hoping the likes of Carrick and Co. prove their worth over the coming weeks and months. 

Manchester United fans: Do you think Carrick will play a key role for your club this season? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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