There were times last season when Manchester United were forced to play Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher in the centre of defence due to our crippling injuries.

Currently, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Jonny Evans, Rafael and John O’Shea are all injured, meaning United are rather thin at the back again.

Whilst prepared to play anywhere, Carrick has revealed he isn’t too keen playing the role of a defender.

“It did get a mention in the changing room,” Carrick said. “I said to Mike Phelan ‘I don’t fancy that again’. It is never nice to get the injuries of course. It is disappointing when you pick up a number in a similar position. But I don’t think we are that desperate yet and hopefully I won’t be called upon.”

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