News that Manchester United are set to be without Michael Carrick for 4-6 weeks was met with a collective groan this morning.
The England international is suffering from an achilles injury that is set to keep him out of action until the new year but whilst his absence is a huge blow, United have an ace up their sleeve.
On Sunday United’s victory against Arsenal was largely down to the work of Phil Jones, and whilst he impressed in defence in the second half most people will agree his best work came in midfield in the first half.
Jones has always insisted that he sees himself as a center back, but he is a brilliant option to have in case we find ourselves in our current position. His energy, presence, passing and general willingness to get amongst the opposition is reminiscent of Darren Fletcher and on various occasions he disrupted Arsenal’s play on Sunday.
Arsenal found their feet in the second half when he dropped back into defence, and whilst he hasn’t suddenly become our midfield saviour he along with Cleverley, Fellaini, Anderson and possibly Giggs should be able to hold the fort until Carrick returns.