United’s vice captain Michael Carrick has returned from a minor injury that ruled him out of the midweek tie with Wolfsburg in time to face rivals Arsenal on Sunday.
Louis van Gaal said in his press conference on Thursday that his side are “suffering” following an 18 day spell that saw them play six games.
Fatigue has begun to set in amongst the squad, meaning rotation is key for van Gaal’s side if they’re to lead the charge for the Premier League title from the front, having reached the top of the table after beating Sunderland last weekend.
Carrick’s injury following the win against the Weirside club was only minor, but the manager opted to leave him out of the 18 man match day squad against Wolfsburg.
Despite missing the game, Carrick was announced as part of Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the upcoming European Championship qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania.
Speaking ahead of the clash at the Emirates, Louis van Gaal said;
“Carrick can play, so I have a choice [to rotate the midfield].
“I am happy to say there are no injuries from [the Wolfsburg game].”
Ander Herrera also sat the tie out, but it is unclear whether or not he will return in time for the trip to the Emirates.