Carrick: I’m happy to play a centre-back

by Sam Peoples

Michael Carrick is more than happy to play at centre-back for Manchester United should Louis van Gaal ask him to.

The 33-year-old made his first competitive appearance for United’s senior side after he came on in the second half against City and played in an unorthodox centre-back role.

Carrick has played in that role before and although it isn’t his natural position, he is happy to play there if Van Gaal’s needs him to.

“If I need to play there then fine I have not had a lot of football recently so I will play anywhere,” said Carrick.

“It’s not somewhere I have played an awful lot of games.

“I have had spells of playing there over the years, playing two or three or four games in a season.

“But I don’t mind. I will play anywhere.”

As Carrick alludes to, plugging a defensive hole during the crisis is something he has done plenty of times over the past few seasons but now that United have Daley Blind, Carrick would be best suited staying in midfield to let the Dutchman drop back into defence as he is more naturally suited to that role.

Blind in defence would bring some more composure to a forever nervy back four and it would let Carrick play in his preferred role where he can damage teams, rather than a centre-back role he is shackled in.

It would certainly not be a long term solution but it could be one which brings more composure to United at the back.

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