Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal could utilise midfielder Michael Carrick at centre-back this season if he fails to sign a defender before the close of the transfer window.
This has been reported by ESPN, who claim that the United chief could turn to Carrick to stand in at the back throughout the course of the campaign.
Carrick, of course, has a history of playing in the back-four at Old Trafford, having sporadically featured in the position over the years following injury problems at the club.
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United fans, though, may well have reason to worry. Red Devils boss Van Gaal seems determined to play versatile Dutchman Daley Blind at the heart of his defence.
Blind, of course, featured at both left-back and defensive-midfield last season, however it now appears that the United boss wants to play him alongside Chris Smalling in the back-four.
Carrick's not a centre-back
Let's be honest, if Manchester United are serious about making an impact on both the domestic and European scene this term, they can't start with Carrick at centre-back.
Don't get me wrong, in midfield, he's one of the most consistent players in the division, but he should take his place in front of the defence.
In truth, Van Gaal needs to secure a top defensive signing before the close of the transfer window, as his side are still clearly vulnerable at the back.
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