By Dominic Toner
Gary Neville believes that Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick will feature against Arsenal.
United host the Gunners on Saturday in the Premier League and will be looking to follow on from their 3-1 success over Swansea before the international break.
Carrick starred in the win against Swansea and is still trying to earn his starting place in Jose Mourinho’s side, with that match being the only time he has completed 90 minutes in the league this season.
The 35-year-old has made just six appearances in all competitions this campaign and many supporters have been crying out for his inclusion in the side.
United great Neville, who spent his entire career at Old Trafford, expects Carrick to start against Arsenal on Saturday.
“I’d be surprised if we didn’t see him play on Saturday,” Neville wrote on Sky Sports. “We’ve had an international break where he isn’t involved, he’s had the time for preparation, and could be important for United on Saturday.”
United face a crucial fixture against Arsenal and are in danger of slipping away from the title race at this early stage of the season.
They are currently sixth-placed in the table and are already eight points adrift of league leaders and rivals Liverpool.
Mourinho is yet to decide on his strongest midfield with Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin and Carrick all competing for a central midfield spot.
Veteran midfielder Carrick has proved his qualities at United since he joined in 2006 and also has impressive spells at Tottenham and West Ham.
The midfielder offers a more reliable option to Mourinho in comparison to the flair of world-record £89million signing Paul Pogba, who is yet to hit top form since moving to Old Trafford in the summer.
Carrick has won five Premier League titles with United and several fans believe he has been a crucial miss to the club’s uncertain start.
Mourinho could be looking to dominate the ball at home against a dangerous Arsenal side, with Carrick being the obvious candidate to dictate the midfield.
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