Michael Carrick started his return from injury this evening in the U-21’s 2-1 win over West Ham.

“It’s been a while,” he told MUTV. “It’s been about five-and-a-half months since the last game as it was the end of last season. It’s been a long time so it was nice to get out and get the feeling of playing in a match. I’ve been training for two or three weeks now so that was the next step for me and it was nice to get out there.”

Carrick isn’t sure whether he will be playing alongside Daley Blind in the team, or whether he will be competing with him to play with Ander Herrera.

“I don’t know. You’ll have to ask the manager,” he said. “I’m here to play. I don’t know what the manager’s plans are for me but I’m trying to be fit and available for the next game. I’ll leave the selection headache up to him.”