Man United Midfielder Denies He Will Be Converted Into Centre-Back

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Don’t expect to see Carrick at the back once United’s injuries clear up…

Michael Carrick has been excellent at the back for Manchester United in recent games, but the midfielder has refuted speculation that he could be converted into a defender on a more permanent basis.

At Southampton last Monday night the 33-year-old started in the middle of the park, but later dropped back into defence after Paddy McNair got into difficulties.

Carrick was occasionally used at the back by Sir Alex Ferguson, and his calm passing style suits the position, especially in the 3-man defence that Louis Van Gaal has used in recent games, but the England international won’t be playing there long term:

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“I class myself as a midfielder and probably always will. I might have spells at centre-back, as I have over the last few years, but I’ve played for that long in midfield that I can’t class myself as anything other than a midfielder,” Carrick told ESPN.

After undergoing ankle surgery in July, the former Spurs player missed the first three months of the season. Since his return in the Manchester derby, United have seen a marked improvement in their form, a turnaround which has largely been attributed to the control that the Englishman adds to their performances.

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