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05 July 2007 @ 09:55 am
Having been crowned a champion in his first season at Old Trafford, Michael Carrick is relishing the challenge of staying at the peak of English football.

The former West Ham and Spurs midfielder joined United last summer, and was delighted to claim the Barclays Premier League title in his first season at Old Trafford.

The first major trophy of his career capped Carrick's ascension through progressively bigger clubs, and he concedes his route has been akin to climbing a ladder.

“Each move was a step up really," he told Inside United. "Although when I first got in the West Ham team we were doing really well and finished seventh that season, going down in 2003 was a big disappointment.

"But to go to Tottenham and to achieve what we did there was a big step up for the club, going so close to getting in the Champions League.

"But then to come here is another level again and there’s nowhere else now! I want to stay here and achieve things here. This is the pinnacle of the game.

"They say the easy part is getting there and the hardest part’s staying there, so I’ve got a big challenge ahead.”

Carrick concedes that a major factor behind his improvement as a player has been down to training and playing with midfield partner Paul Scholes.

“Scholesy has been a massive influence," said Carrick. "Just watching him every day lets you appreciate how good he is.

"If you ask anyone in the game who’s in the know, everyone says how good he is and how hard he is to play against. To have him on your team alongside you is great.

"He’s just an awesome player and one that I’m watching in training and learning from, and hopefully taking things from and trying to do the same.”

Much was made of United's attacking incision and movement last season, which left opposing defences befuddled beyond repair. Carrick, on the other hand, revelled in the challenge of hitting perpetually moving targets with his array of passing.

He said: “I’ve got the easy part, they make it easy! Their movement is brilliant. It’s not just where they move, it’s the intelligence.

"Sometimes standing still and letting everything go on around you can create the space you need, and Giggsy’s a prime example of that.

"He’s so clever and so intelligent, you see that from some of the positions he picks up and how he does it. It’s just great to have him on our team.

"But it’s not just him, all of them are great. You get the ball and most of the time you’ve got at least two options, which is a midfielder’s dream really.”

Where are all the carricklovers? :P This community is almost dead o_O .. 
no nothing on his wedding or whatever.  *posts this to give carrick the attention he deserves*

Lauraaviz on July 6th, 2007 05:33 pm (UTC)
Hi. *waves frantically* Let's get this community back into fit shape. Have you tried promoting it on other communities, say on footballslash?
Lauraaviz on July 6th, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC)
Hmm. He seems pretty good at reading the game.

Quote: "Sometimes standing still and letting everything go on around you can create the space you need, and Giggsy’s a prime example of that.