Michael Carrick has given his thoughts on the possibility of playing centrally in defence.
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has revealed he’s happy to play at centre-back this weekend against Crystal Palace.
A dislocated shoulder injury to Marcos Rojo means Carrick will have to step into the back four if Louis van Gaal doesn’t want to field a heavily inexperienced back four for the game, as United look to react to defeat against Manchester City.
Carrick has explained why he doesn’t mind filling in defensively.
“If I need to play there then fine I have not had a lot of football recently so I will play anywhere,” Carrick is quoted by the Guardian.
“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.”
Carrick’s ability to read the game and intercept the ball is well known and one of his best qualities.
It makes him well suited to step into the defence and provide a solid spine to the United back four against a Palace side, which will attack at Old Trafford in a different way to other teams.
Where Carrick has to be careful is his lack of pace, which could affect him if United’s defensive line moves too high up the pitch.
In that instance, it will be the job of his centre back partner, most likely Tyler Blackett, to get across and cover when the England man finds himself out of position during the game.
Fingers crossed as far as the boss is concerned that the international break which follows this weekend’s match provides Carrick with a chance to work on his defensive game and for injured players to recover.