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Ex-Manchester United keeper: playing Michael Carrick at centre-back isn't the answer

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Manchester United are looking at options in order to tighten up their defence, and one reportedly being considered is playing Michael Carrick at centre-back, but Mark Bosnich doesn't believe that's the answer.

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has said that playing Michael Carrick at centre-back is not the answer to the side's defensive woes.

There have been several reports in the press suggesting that manager Louis van Gaal is prepared to pick the midfielder at the heart of the defence after he an ankle injury. 

But Bosnich doesn't believe it's the answer to an uncertain Manchester United defence, telling TalkSport: “They are talking about Michael Carrick playing in defence now because of the injuries and suspension. He’s not the long term answer though.”

The Australian does, however, expect United to purchase a new centre-back during the January transfer window.

There has been some criticism of United for being the biggest spenders during the summer transfer window, but failing to bring in a top class centre-back.

Whilst the side brought in some top attacking talent in the form of Angel Di Maria for a British record fee, and Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco. 

The departure's of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic in the summer has left a big void at the back, and so far United's defence has shown little signs of coping - notably after a 3-1 lead was let slip against Leicester City, with the Foxes going on to win the game 5-3. It wasn't the first time United's defence looked uncertain at the back having also conceded against Swansea City and Sunderland - whilst Milton Keynes Dons dished out a hammering in the League Cup.

Carrick has played at the heart of the defence before under Sir Alex Ferguson when the side was short of options at the back. However, a familiar and experienced face in Carrick sitting in front of the back line could help address the nervousness the United side seems to have at the moment as the side looks to find a way to address that particular weakness.

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