Michael Carrick hoping for midfield role at Manchester United

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Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has admitted that he's hoping to play in a consistent position at Old Trafford once the club's injury problems ease, reports the Mirror. 

The former Tottenham man has starred at the heart of Manchester United's defence on a number of occasions since returning from injury this season. 

Carrick the midfielder 

And Carrick, who has been in fine form for the Red Devils of late, has insisted that he still sees himself as a central-midfielder, but is happy to fill in at the back when need be. 

Speaking to United Review, the England international said: "You have to adapt because that's just how things have gone in recent weeks.

"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."

There's no doubt about it, Manchester United are a far more balanced side with Carrick in the team. In fact, since his return to the starting XI, United have secured six wins from six, with the midfielder turn defender playing an influential role. 

And Carrick has insisted that he's feeling good and excited by the club's upcoming fixture list. 

Feeling fit  

He continued by saying: "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."

Carrick, then, may star at the back for the Red Devils once again this weekend as the Red Devils look to extend their winning run to seven games at Villa Park against Aston Villa. 

Manchester United fans will certainly be expecting the veteran to play a key role on Saturday and throughout the remainder of the campaign, whether that be in defence or midfield. 

With Carrick out of contract at the Theatre of Dreams at the end of the season, the majority will be expecting him to be offered a new deal in the near future. If he continues to impress, then he will most definitely be rewarded by his manager. 

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