Louis van Gaal has revealed that Michael Carrick will be back in action before the end of the season but that we won’t see him this afternoon against West Brom.

Yes, I had expected that he could play this weekend, but it is a matter of time. When you see in our team, he is a holding midfielder and we don’t have so much [of them]. When [Daley] Blind and Carrick have been injured, we have had a big problem. He is a player who can read the game and that is what I am looking for, players who can read the game, not only individually but also for the team, because the team is more important. All the players can read the game individually, their own role, that is not so difficult. But to see it for the team is more difficult, not so many players can read the game for the team. That is why they need coaches.