Manchester United are facing somewhat of an injury-crisis as both Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick are facing long-term injuries. Scholes and Carrick have been United's star perfomers in the centre of midfield, ever since Carrick joined United in a £18.6 million deal from Tottenham Hotspur.
Carrick picked up his injury at Anfield while Scholes got injured in United's 3-0 win over Aalborg during the week. it does have to be said though that the star of team this season has been Darren Fletcher, and this gives him a perfect opportunity to gain a starting place in the team.
Fletcher has lived up to the fact that he is a big game player and was a surprise exclusion from the starting XI against Liverpool. Anderson and Owen Hargreaves are the other players that could step up to the mantle, although Hargreaves has been missing in the last couple of games and Anderson hasn't really found his form of last season yet.
When Anderson rediscovers his form he'll be needed a lot more as his audacious long passes are something United will miss without Scholes and Carrick. In the reserve team, it seems only Possebon is ready to step up to first team football but he suffered a torrid injury from Emmanuel Pogatetz in the League Cup.
With a big squad like Man United's , there are always alternatives and they come in the form of Ryan Giggs and the utility man John O'Shea. Giggs played in central midfield when Scholes hobbled of in midweek and O'Shea started the game in the centre.
It will be interesting to see how United cope with the loss of two big players, however it seems that they have enough fire-power to cope with it.