Frustration has been the name of the game for the midfielder since his switch from West Ham in August.
He started off with a goal in his one and only reserve appearance but an ankle injury in training has left him sidelined for the last few weeks.
Things are looking up, he's running again and with an international break coming up, hopes to be ready for the trip to Portsmouth on Monday October 18.
"It's been very frustrating," admitted Michael. "You come to a new club and you want to make an impression straight away but it wasn't to be.
"I have to be patient and wait for my chance. Hopefully I'm not too far off.
I've been running for three days and I'm taking it a step at a time.
"I'm looking to do some ball work on Thursday and see how it goes after that.
"I don't want to say I'll be training by the end of the week in case I'm not, we'll see how it goes.
"It's frustrating but that's football I suppose. I wasn't expecting to go straight into the team anyway, I'm under no illusions and I know it will be hard and being injured has just made it a little harder. I've got to be patient and when I get my chance I have to take it.
"It would be nice to be involved at Portsmouth. I've still a little time to do it. We'll have to wait and see, I'll keep my fingers crossed."
Patience is a virtue for Michael Carrick at the moment.