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Manchester United could be pressed into signing a central midfielder during the current transfer window after an injury blow to Michael Carrick.
The England international has been ruled out for around a month with an ankle injury sustained during the Capital One Cup semi-final defeat to Sunderland earlier this week.
Carrick has been one of the most consistent performances in United’s underwhelming midfield so far this season. His absence threatens to derail David Moyes’ hopes of salvaging Champions League qualification in his debut season in charge at Old Trafford.
The champions could now move for a new midfielder in the current transfer window even though they are unlikely to be able to land one of their top targets.
Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan, Juventus’ Paul Pogba, Claudio Marchisio and Arturo Vidal, Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho and Inter Milan’s Fredy Guarin are among the midfielders linked with United in recent weeks.
Of those, Marchisio, Carvalho and Guarin are the most attainable this month.
Moyes has also scouted Atletico Madrid youngster Saul Niguez, currently on loan at Rayo Vallecano, but expecting him to get United’s season back on track would be a big ask.