Manchester United caretaker manager Michael Carrick has identified Chelsea star Romelu Lukaku as a threat, hails Jadon Sancho and also confirmed some of his players need checking before their trip to London.
Man United will face the Blues on Sunday in the Premier League in what would be Carrick’s second game as United’s caretaker manager.
The former England midfielder managed his first game in charge of the team against Villarreal in the Champions League and it ended in a 2-0 win.
Facing Chelsea, the Premier League leaders, is a totally different thing, however, he has warned his players about the threat Romelu Lukaku, if he plays, would pose.
“It will be good to see Rom [Romelu Lukaku] again,” Said Carrick. “He is a terrific footballer, scored goals wherever he has been. If Rom plays we are well aware of what he brings.”
Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane are ruled out of the rivalry clash due to injury issues. Harry Maguire will miss the game due to suspension. Mason Greenwood to be on the sidelines with illness.
Luke Shaw missed Villarreal’s win with an injury while Fred twisted his ankle against the La Liga side.
“We’ll make a call on him — Fred twisted his ankle, played a big part [against Villarreal], we will have to see how that settles down.”
Jadon Sancho scored his first Manchester United goal against Villarreal and that took him 15 games in all competitions.
Carrick has hailed the winger as a ‘terrific’ player and hinted that the former Borussia Dortmund winger could start against the Blues.
“He is a terrific player Jadon [Sancho],” said Carrick. “He is never happier than when the ball is at his feet. That is purely when he is at his happiest, I’ve seen that in training.
The other side is his attitude, work rate. He put in an overall performance [against Villarreal]. He has got a massive future ahead of him.
“Creation in any team is important and that is why we brought him [Sancho] to the club — there is so much more to come from him.”