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Promising injury news for Manchester United

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Jose Mourinho insists he doesn’t want to talk about all of the injuries he has at Manchester United, and soon he might not have to.

A report from the Daily Mail states that Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick and Marcos Rojo have all trained with United’s reserve squad during the international break, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic not far off a return to team training either.

Pogba has been out since early September (missing 12 games) with a hamstring problem, while Rojo suffered a serious knee ligament injury at the end of last season and Carrick has recovered from a virus.

The news that Pogba could return for United’s game against Newcastle United on Nov. 18 will be music to the ears of Mourinho. There’s no doubt United have missed his ability to run forward from midfield and link up with his close friend Romelu Lukaku and without Pogba the fluidity of their midfield play just hasn’t been there.

As for Rojo, he had a strong season for United in central defense and at left back in 2016-17 and has become an essential player for Mourinho. If the Red Devils persist with a 3-5-2 system then Rojo will likely start as the left-sided center back alongside Phil Jones and Eric Bailly in central defense.

Carrick will play a bit-part role but given Ander Herrera‘s recent struggles in midfield, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the veteran midfielder play his fair share of games alongside Nemanja Matic and Maraoune Fellaini in the engine room.

All in all, this is very good news for United but it also halts any excuses Mourinho was starting to have for a loss of form for his side.

United do sit second in the Premier League table but they’re eight points behind leaders, and crosstown rivals, Manchester City. Having this trio back fit, plus Ibra improving all the time, will give United a big boost ahead of the massive Manchester derby at Old Trafford on Dec. 10 and the busy festive period on the horizon.

Carrick named new captain of Manchester United

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Michael Carrick has a one-year extension at Manchester United, and now will take the arm band on top of it.

Wayne Rooney‘s Everton move opened up the captain’s role, and the 35-year-old Newcastle-born midfielder has been handed the strap by Jose Mourinho.

Carrick has served under United captains Rooney, Nemanja Vidic, and Gary Neville, making a remarkable 459 appearances and winning double-digit trophies for the Old Trafford club.

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He began his professional career at West Ham before moving to Spurs for two seasons. Now he’s the captain of one of the biggest clubs in the world. From ManUtd.com:

“It feels great and it is such a huge honour to captain such a great club,” Michael told us. “It is my 12th year now and I came as a 25 year old. I never thought I could be here for so long and achieve so much.

“Now, to lead the boys and look after the young boys, to guide them in some ways, it is a nice thing and a real pleasure. I came to this club as a footballer and I am now a huge fan. I have grown to love the club over the years and to be in this position is very special for me.”

As new players flood into Old Trafford, it’s no mistake that Mourinho has tabbed a man who will be very clear about the traditions and expectations around United.

Report: Man United preparing to hand Carrick one-year extension

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Michael Carrick has enjoyed countless achievements since arriving at Old Trafford over a decade ago, and now the veteran midfielder could be in line to have his stay in Manchester extended.

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According to BBC Sport, Manchester United is preparing to offer a new one-year contract extension to the 35-year-old midfielder as the Red Devils look to hold onto Carrick when his deal expires this summer.

Carrick was handed a similar one-year deal last summer prior to his 11th season with United, and manager Jose Mourinho appears set on bringing back the England international.

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In 457 appearances in all competitions, Carrick has scored 24 goals for United since joining the club in 2006 from Tottenham Hotspur.

Premier League preview: Manchester United vs. Bournemouth

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  • Man Utd leads all-time 7W-2D-2L
  • Red Devils won 3-1 on Aug. 14
  • Cherries have lost four-straight

Manchester United looks to stretch its unbeaten Premier League run to 17 matches with a win against reeling Bournemouth at Old Trafford on Saturday (Watch live at 7:30 a.m. EDT on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

The match kicks off the Premier League weekend, with Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe hoping to avoid a recurrence of the 3-1 decision given by United at the Vitality Stadium on Opening Weekend.

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United got goals from Juan Mata, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Wayne Rooney on that day, and the latter may be arriving into the XI on Saturday. If Jose Mourinho has his way, he’ll stick around next season, too.

The Cherries have lost to a trio of in-form sides — Everton, West Brom, and Man City — but also to Crystal Palace. In doing so, Bournemouth is just four points clear of the drop zone.

What they’re saying

United’s Michael Carrick on moving past EFL Cup win“In the back of your mind, going into this run of games now, knowing that we’ve won a trophy gives you an extra boost, but it’s not something that we’ve been enjoying all week. You move on quickly, take what you can from it, take the positives, take that belief and confidence that it brings, but at the same time all the focus has to be on the next game. That’s the nature of being successful, I think: you have to move on quite quickly.”

Bournemouth’s Mark Pugh on facing United“We’ve had presentations on their strengths and weaknesses and players we need to keep an eye out for but we all know about Manchester United anyway. We’ll prepare the same way we do for every game and that’s to trust our own ability, to get our passing football going and have that solidarity and ruthlessness in both boxes. We’ve said many times this week that we need to keep clean sheets and be more ruthless.”

Prediction

Another big win for the home side. Buoyed by the EFL Cup crown, United continues its buy-in for a twin 3-1 win.

Carrick may retire if Manchester United doesn’t want him

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If Michael Carrick doesn’t get a new deal with Manchester United, he may just up and quit the sport.

That’s a bit dramatic, but also true. The 35-year-old midfielder has been linked with a move back home to Newcastle in the past, but doesn’t see the allure in playing for another club.

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Carrick has been with Manchester United since leaving Spurs in 2006, and has made nearly 450 appearances for the Red Devils in winning five Premier League titles and a Champions League crown.

So if he’s not offered by United? From The Daily Mirror:

“I probably would say, ‘Yes, that would be it.’ I’ve had such a time here that I don’t think I’d go ­elsewhere.

“I understand I’m not going to play every game and I haven’t really got a problem with that, but I need to be playing enough.”

We have a feeling Jose Mourinho will have a use for Carrick beyond this year, if the midfielder wants it.

The quotes were released on the day Carrick announced a testimonial game at Old Trafford in June, where the midfielder will take the field along with Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Steven Gerrard, Edwin van der Sar, Frank Lampard, and Micahel Owen.