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Carrick relaxed over providing defensive cover at Man Utd

Michael Carrick is relieved Manchester United's injury crisis is starting to ease after his stint as a central defender. With Rio Ferdinand, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and, possibly, Jonny Evans all likely to be available, Carrick is unlikely to be required anywhere other than his favoured midfield berth.

"I don't really know why I was the one who ended back there but I don't mind," he said.

"I haven't got a problem with it because you have to do what you can for the team. Things happen and you have to react.

"I don't want it to be too regular because we've got top centre-halves and the quicker everyone's back, the better.

"Once we get players back in their right positions we can get the consistency back, be a solid unit and defend well again."

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