By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Michael Carrick is set to make his Manchester United comeback in Friday night’s FA Cup clash against Derby.

United manager Louis van Gaal revealed on Thursday that the veteran midfielder is fit after missing the club’s last four matches.

Carrick, 34, has not featured since United’ 2-1 win over Swansea on 2 January.  “It’s very good he is coming back,” Van Gaal told MUTV.

However, Matteo Darmian has been ruled out of the FA Cup fourth-round match after suffering a head injury in United’s 1-0 Premier League defeat to Southampton last Saturday.

Van Gaal also delivered a pessimistic update on the fitness of Bastian Schweinsteiger, who has missed three games with a knee injury, and Phil Jones.

“I cannot say [if they are close],” explained the Dutchman. “Every time I make a remark about injuries it is always difficult because injuries have developments and you have to wait and see.”

Jones has started just seven matches for United all season after suffering a series of niggling injuries.