Carrick welcomes senior role

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is prepared to accept the responsibility that comes with being one of the club's experienced players.

Last Updated: 19/07/13 at 15:28 Post Comment

Michael Carrick: Has won five Premier League titles with Manchester United

Michael Carrick: Has won five Premier League titles with Manchester United

The 31-year-old is about to embark on his eighth season as a United player, during which time he has made over 300 appearances, won five Premier League titles and appeared in three Champions League finals.

And with Paul Scholes now retired, England international Carrick will be an even more important figure in the heart of midfield.

"The responsibility changes a little bit as you get older," said Carrick. "It is an experience thing. The longer you play and more games you have, then the experience comes.

"The younger boys sometimes look for a bit of guidance or help in dealing with certain situations.

"I have certainly done that in the past with Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville. It is part of the continuity and traditions we try to keep at the club.

"I am one of the older ones now. It is not something that bothers me."

This close-season has seen United appoint a new manager for the first time in 27 years as David Moyes succeeded the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson, but Carrick believes the transition will be a smooth one.

"As players we embrace the change," Carrick said. "The manager has slightly different ideas. That is natural. It is up to us to adapt quickly.

"But the players have been together for a while. We know our strengths and weaknesses.

"It's just about working together and, so far, everyone has responded."

Carrick also believes United will have to be at their very best to see off the challenge of their rivals and repeat last season's title triumph.

"With us and City and Chelsea changing managers there's a bit of a different feel about it but they all have got strong squads. The best teams come to the top and hopefully we'll be up there," said the England international.

"But it'll be tough as there's probably five or six teams now that fancy their chances of the title, or certainly the top two or three, so we'll have to be as good if not better than ever."

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