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Will THIS MIDFIELDER play in the Manchester United defence against Inter? The injuries are piling up for the holders

We can remember a time when Roy Keane was employed in the heart of defence for the Red Devils, although Tuesday’s match at the San Siro is not the ideal match to have a midfielder having to improvise as a centre-back.

The Guardian reports that Sir Alex Ferguson may have to ask Michael Carrick to line up as part of the back four, with a long list of defenders likely to miss out. The midfielder has been excellent for the champions this season, although quite whether he’s cut out for a role alongside Rio Ferdinand remains to be seen.

“I just hope we can get two centre-backs out because at this moment it’s very doubtful,” said Ferguson. “We don’t have [Nemanja] Vidic, we don’t have Gary Neville and we don’t have Wes Brown. I just hope we can get John O’Shea ­available.

“But we’re having a nightmare with defenders this season. Gary, Wes and John all missed the Blackburn game and now Evans has done his ankle. Hopefully we can patch up a defence but it does leave us very, very short.”

Are Manchester United supporters concerned that any hopes of retaining their Champions League crown could be ruined by a growing list of defensive injuries? While they have an elegance of riches in attack, it will be interesting to see how Michael Carrick copes with Zlatan Ibrahimovic if the worst comes to the worst.

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