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Charlie Nicholas' predictions: Can Manchester United and Chelsea progress?

13 March, 2018, 13:23 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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The former Chelsea manager reflected on how United eventually returned to the Champions League by winning last season's Europa League.

"I don't know yet [if he is fit to play] but he trained a little bit", he added.

"If I finished the session one minute before it wouldn't have happened".

"I said when he first signed, he is a Man United player, he suits the way we play, he has got that excitement, he always looks forward, he is dynamic and in the end you can judge him in the first few games or whatever but I think over time he will be terrific and I have no doubts about it".

Carrick knows better than anyone in the squad about the high standards demanded at Old Trafford.

It is now possible that will also miss a crucial European fixture on Tuesday, with Jose Mourinho in the process of finalising his plans for the second leg of a last-16 showdown with Sevilla.

Vincenzo Montella is hoping it is fourth time lucky as Sevilla attempt to overcome Manchester United and reach the Champions League quarterfinals.

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"There comes a time when as much as you like it or don't like it, your body tells you it's time to stop playing football", Carrick said.

"It's kind of being sorted out, we're still talking about it to be honest".

"But, yeah, it's looking likely". It's something you've got to accept so that's where I am at. The buzz in the stadium will be an obvious plus for United on Tuesday night but apart from that, the Liverpool match provided a glimpse of how Manchester United can adjust without Paul Pogba.

The 24-year-old midfielder - who surprisingly started the goalless first leg on the bench in Spain - was injured on the eve of the Liverpool clash and was conspicuous by his absence from the section of training open to the media on Monday.

I do think at close to even money it is a great price on Arsenal to win given the quality of players who should play and it is another opportunity to build momentum, and get the fans that are there on side.

Mourinho confirmed that Anthony Martial is back in contention after an injury of his own, and that Daley Blind, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones remain absent.

Finally, Mourinho reportedly wants to recruit an out-and-out left-back rather than continue using Ashley Young to deputise as a makeshift defender.


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