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Carrick: I Don’t Mind Playing In Defence

When Manchester United have a defensive injury crisis, Michael Carrick is usually called upon to play in the centre of defence. During the pre-season tour, with Chris Smalling, Nemanja Vidic and Jonny Evans all out injured, and Phil Jones not travelling after his selection in England’s Euro 2012 squad, Carrick played in defence against Shanghai Shenhua.

“It was quite a comfortable game for me anyway as playing centre-back, I didn’t have too much defending to do,” he told MUTV. “I don’t mind it. From time to time, it happens, and you have to do a job but it was a bit less serious here than in the past and we got away with it. It changes the whole game for you really to being in midfield with everything around you. Sometimes, there’s not much to do at the back and then you have to switch on so it’s good to have an understanding of the game and, hopefully, it will benefit me. It’s nice to get home. It’s good to come to different countries and different places in the world to see the fans and play our football but it’s nice to get home too. There is a lot of work ahead of us for two weeks and soon it’ll be the start of the season and then it all goes again.”

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  1. Zibbie says:

    PAUL #1

  2. Zibbie says:


  3. DreadedRed says:

    Against teams that park the bus, 1½ Centre-halves is perhaps sufficient.

    (Carrick + Vidic) > (Piqué + Mascherano)

  4. Harish says:

    Carrick has the ability to play in defence but we are short in midfield so it does affect our performance when he plays in defence.

  5. Maelstrom says:

    We mind…

  6. Fred says:


  7. Zibbie says:

    Fred thanks, flash backs suck.

  8. 911_DEVIL says:

    Carrick’s versatility helps in needy times
    Go carrick :D

  9. matt says:

    maelstrom, your a dickhead

  10. Costas says:

    I do.

  11. Horlaposi says:

    Play in central defence 4 carrick is fantastic

  12. Fred says:

    He can pass, tackle, head
    Michael Carrick is a Red
    Gerrard, Lampard, Fabregas
    You’re not fit to wipe his ass!

  13. Ak says:

    Fergie should give chance to m keane,wotton and vessli to play in primere league if vidic , evans and smalling is out in the first game against everton

  14. Piit says:

    Ak says what? Vesseli who has been shite agains bad teams should play instead of Rafael? And Wooton and Keane instead of Ferdinand, Jones or Evra? No thanks. We let in four goals against them last season with a fairly good defence, no way we should put in a worse one.


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