Gary Neville believes the inclusion of Michael Carrick in the team against Arsenal would be a good move by Manchester United as he would bring stability in the middle of the park and allow the Red Devils to play their natural game. The 35-year-old has been on the fringes of the United squad this season and the former defender believes that his absence from international action over the last two weeks will keep him in good stead for the fixture.
Mourinho is expected to field a three man midfield with Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera set to start, while Marouane Fellaini will be assessed before the game. The Belgian missed the international break with a calf injury and is a major doubt for the fixture. Neville insists Carrick has the knack of bringing the best out of players around him and will be an important addition to the squad against the Gunners.
"Carrick is almost never going to be star of the show, but I always get the feeling that when Michael is in the team, the team play better. That was the feeling when I was there, and since I've left. He has the habit of bringing the best out of other players. That's through the control he brings, the composure, the experience, the defensive and positional play that some people don't always spot because it's not a sliding tackle or aggressive header," Neville told Sky Sports.
"You won't find many people that have a bad word to say about him, he's a fantastic player, and the big thing is he makes the team tick a lot better. I'd be surprised if we didn't see him play on Saturday. We've had an international break where he isn't involved, he's had the time for preparation, and could be important for United on Saturday."