Neville suggests Carrick would be perfect for three man LvG defence

Gary Neville has suggested Michael Carrick would be perfect in Louis van Gaal's defensive system for Manchester United.

Manchester United legend and former right-back Gary Neville says Michael Carrick would have been perfect to play in the middle of a three man defence for the Old Trafford side.

Louis van Gaal has shown a tendency in United’s pre-season games to play a formation based around three centre-backs, flanked by aggressive full-backs down the right and left hand side of the defence.

Carrick unfortunately picked up an injury in pre-season training, which ruled him out of the start of the season and Neville believes he embodies the characteristics necessary to play in the middle of the backline.

Central defence is a position Carrick has played before and despite playing in the back four only once last season, Neville believes Carrick has the intelligence to play as a central defender.

It’s a fair point considering he’s been one of the most consistent midfielders in terms of interceptions over the last two seasons.

 2013/2014 TeamPosInterception WonAppsMins
Mile Jedinak Crystal Palace MF 139 38 3,389
Youssuf Mulumbu West Brom MF 115 37 3,079
Michael Carrick Man Utd MF 80 29 2,413
Steve Sidwell Fulham MF 79 38 3,233
Tom Huddlestone Hull MF 74 36 3,144
 2012/2013 TeamPosInterception WonAppsMins
Morgan Schneiderlin Southampton MF 98 36 3,210
Mikel Arteta Arsenal MF 73 34 2,984
Leon Osman Everton MF 68 36 3,184
Bradley Johnson Norwich City MF 65 37 3,228
Michael Carrick Manchester United MF 56 36 3,045

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch