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The England international would much rather take his more natural place in the centre of the pitch but is happy to help out at the back when Sir Alex Ferguson needs cover

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick admits that playing as a defender is not ideal but insists that he has no issues with helping out his side at the back when they need him to do so.

The England international is most natural in the centre of the pitch and has been used there for the majority of his tenure at the Red Devils.

Bu,t due to a host of injuries to United defenders, manager Sir Alex Ferguson has occasionally opted to start Carrick as a centre-back and the 31-year-old is willing to put up with the inconvenience.

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"Ideally, I would like to play midfield because that is my position but, if I've got to play at the back, then so be it," the United star told reporters.

"I have played there three or four times this season. If there are injuries or whatever, part of playing for this club is to do what the manager wants.

"I don't have a problem with it."

Carrick was deployed in defence during Manchester United's 1-0 Champions League defeat to Galatasaray on Wednesday. However, with Nemanja Vidic set to return from injury in the New Year, with Jonny Evans also on the mend, he may not need to play many more games out of position.

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