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Carrick Amazed At Honours

Posted by Keano! on May 25, 2009

Michael Carrick was brought in as a replacement to Roy Keane a few seasons ago, and I doubt he could have expected it to go the way it has done for the Geordie. 3 Premier League titles, a League Cup, a Champions League, a World Club Cup along with a charity shield plus a few other smaller honours.

The midfielder was often criticised when he joined for his relaxed approach and poor end product but his passing and vision along with his goals are turning out to be worth their weight in gold. The number sixteen still wakes up in the mornings and has to pinch himself to see if it all really is reality and not just some crazy wonderful dream.

Carrick who was bought for a fairly pricy £18M at the time from Spurs, now looks like a bargain buy as the former West Ham United player is now an integral part of United’s team. Never known for his scoring really, Michael has found himself on the score sheet on a number of different occasions at United, most recently of course that priceless goal away at Wigan which all but sealed Manchester United’s 3rd league crown in a row.

Speaking to The Manchester Evening News, Carrick said,

"When you join Manchester United you expect to be successful and you expect to be challenging," said Carrick

"But I never thought I would achieve this much. Every season has been great. It is what you want to be doing. I am delighted to have the trophies we have got but I just want to keep going. As a team we have matured and got more experience.

"We have become better players and by doing that you become a better team. At the time we probably didn’t realise it but when we lost that semi-final against Milan (in 2007) we learned a lot. It teaches you how to win big games. It proved to be the case last season. Hopefully it will be the same this year."

Carrick will be lining out in a second successive Champions League final on Wednesday and he can’t wait for the game in Rome,

"If we could win it, people could talk about it being the mark of a great team," he said.

It gives you a lot of confidence knowing no-one else has retained the Champions League when we know we have the opportunity to do it. It is difficult to talk about in any great depth because the job has still to be done. But it would be very special if we can pull it off.

"We are not just talking about winning the Champions League. It is doing it on the back of winning the Premier League as well. For a start, it proves you have been very consistent. But to win both tournaments, knowing how hard they are individually, and then to do it again, would be something else."

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