Manchester United have recently embarked on a six game winning streak and it is no coincidence that Michael Carrick has started all those games.
Due to the numerous injuries suffered by United’s defenders in recent weeks, Carrick has been forced to slot in at centre back and he has provided a much needed calming influence to the team.
Although Carrick is happy to adapt to the needs of the team and play where required, he is keen to make a swift return to his regular midfield role with United.
“You have to adapt because that’s just how things have gone in recent weeks,” said Carrick.
“Maybe when the injuries settle down and we have more of a settled squad then it will be more consistent in terms of positioning.”
“But you have to be ready to deal with injuries. It’s happened a few times this season and, the more it does, the easier it gets.”
“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 is one of those players who contribution to the team has never been fully appreciated and having missed the first three months of the season after undergoing ankle surgery, he is keen to make up for lost time.
“I feel good and I feel fresh,” said Carrick. “Obviously I missed a lot of football at the start of the season, but I’m enjoying it.”
“When you’re out for so long you really miss it, so I am just happy to be back playing and looking forward to the games ahead. You just try to play your own game.”
“When you’re out for so long, you do think about how your return will go and it’s hard to judge where you’re at in terms of fitness and match sharpness, but things have gone alright.”