Michael Carrick Admits It’s Great To Be Back Playing For Man United After Lengthy Injury Absence

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Makeshift defender glad to be involved on match day once again.

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has admitted that though he struggled to play in defence for his side against Manchester City on Sunday he is glad to be back playing after his lengthy injury lay off, the Daily Express reports.

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Carrick came from the bench to feature for United this weekend following Chris Smalling’s dismissal late in the first half for bringing down James Milner.

The 33-year-old midfielder played out of position as Louis van Gaal was forced into a defensive reshuffle.

City came away with a 1-0 win, thanks to a goal from Sergio Aguero, and Carrick admitted that featuring alongside Paddy McNair in the heart of the defence was tougher than he first expected.

“Playing myself and young Paddy together at centre-half was a bit of a test in the second-half but we dealt with it well,” he said.

“The longer it went I thought we could nick one.

“It was my first game for six months so it was a bit of a test but I enjoyed it. It was nice to be back. I have certainly missed it.”

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