European Title Aspirants Suffer Huge Blow Ahead of Crunch Clash

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Star Midfielder Michael Carrick has been ruled out for Wednesday’s Champions League clash at home against German outfit Wolfsburg due to injury, manager Louis van Gaal told a pre-match press conference on Tuesday.

The England international Carrick missed the training on Tuesday alongside Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo, who is also expected to miss the crucial clash.

The latest injury news comes as a vital blow for United as they can’t another hiccup at group stage having already lost the campaign opener 2-1 to PSV Eindhoven.

“I think Michael Carrick shall not play tomorrow (Wednesday),” Van Gaal told his pre-match presser at Old Trafford.

“The other two (Herrera and Valencia), we have to wait and see. They have minor injuries, so I don’t want to take any risks.”

Marcos Rojo missed United’s last two games with a hamstring injury, but Carrick and Valencia both started in Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Sunderland which pushed Van Gaal’s side to the top of League table.

Three wins in a row have reinvigorated the morale of van Gaal’s side prompting him to suggest that Red Devils were capable of clinching the European title for the first time since 2008.

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