The 36-year-old veteran has been plagued by injury and illness concerns this season and has been limited to one appearance, in September's League Cup tie with Burton.
Michael Carrick has mainly been used in cup competitions this season under Jose Mourinho, although he did start United's last league game and is in contention for only his second Premier League start of the campaign this weekend against Arsenal.
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has insisted his colleagues cannot use fitness problems as an excuse and must reward Manchester United's loyal fans with wins.
Michael Carrick suffered a calf injury during Manchester United's 4-2 win over Manchester City on April 12 and has missed the last three matches, all of which the Red Devils have lost.
Carrick has become one of the most important players during United's climb into third place in the English Premier League and Van Gaal is a big admirer of his qualities.
Michael Carrick, who joined Manchester United from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006, takes over as Wayne Rooney's deputy from Darren Fletcher who was handed the role at the start of the season.
Manchester United F.C. travel to Aston Villa on Saturday looking to add to a six-match winning sequence that has lifted them to third in the table.
The deal, which includes an option to extend the contract by a further year, will see Carrick complete a decade of service at Old Trafford since his
The 32-year-old withdrew from the England squad on Tuesday for the friendly games against Chile and Germany and faces a battle to return to fitness in time for the busy Christmas fixture schedule.
United signed Fellaini from Everton in the closing moments of Monday's transfer deadline day, after several near-misses in the close-season transfer window.
Moyes said he planned to use van Persie in the second half of United's pre-season matches in Australia, Japan and Hong Kong to build-up his match fitness for the new campaign.
Who's saying what about Manchester United's decision to hire David Moyes as their new manager to succeed Alex Ferguson:
Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Juan Mata (Chelsea), Luis Suarez (Liverpool), Robin van Persie (Manchester United) round off the nominee list.
Stoke, whose fans produced 60 seconds of applause for late 14-year-old fan Kameron Bourne on the 14 minute mark, did offer a test for United's backline. Michael Carrick put United ahead just four minutes in while Robin van Persie's second half penalty sealed victory for Sir Alex Ferguson's men, meaning they can now wrap up the title as early as...
Both Jermain Defoe and Michael Carrick are out with injuries but the Football Association says no replacements have been called up.
United boss Ferguson could hardly have selected a more attack-minded line-up but once again his defence let him down as the league leaders fell behind after two minutes.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney and goalkeeper David de Gea both trained on Monday ahead of Tuesday's Champions League match away to Galatasaray.