Carrick happy with critical changes

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Michael Carrick did not have a problem turning into a makeshift central defender even though he is happy Manchester United's injury crisis is starting to ease.

After catching the eye with his solo run and goal at QPR just before Christmas, triggering a demand from Sir Alex Ferguson for him to assume greater responsibility within the Red Devils set-up, Carrick found himself operating as a defender for the Christmas fixtures against Wigan and Blackburn.

Although the first outing went well, the second saw his mistake contribute to Blackburn opening up a two-goal lead, which United fought back from, only to concede a third near the end. Carrick said: "I don't really know why I was the one who ended back there but I don't mind."

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