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Manchester United’s Michael Carrick eager to rejoin ‘genius’ Paul Scholes after centreback duties set to end

By Paddy von Behr

Michael Carrick is relishing the prospect of his role as Manchester United’s makeshift defender coming to an end.

The former Tottenham midfielder filled-in at centreback a number of times last season, due to defensive frailties, and United’s injury worries have returned this campaign.

However, with Nemanja Vidic and Jonny Evans nearing a return to action and Phil Jones making his season debut against Galatasaray on Tuesday, Carrick is free to return to midfield.

“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,” he said.

“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 partnered Phil Jones in defence for United’s midweek Champions League trip to Turkey and they put in a composed performance, despite the defeat.

With United’s central midfield options underperforming recently, the likes of Kevin Strootman and Victor Wanyama have been linked with a January move.

But in the meantime, Carrick is looking forward to once again forming a formidable pairing with veteran Paul Scholes.

“He is a genius. We all know what he can do,” said Carrick.

“You can learn and take things from his game, as I have done since I have been here.

“Whether he realises or not, he has helped me enormously just by watching him and taking things in.”

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