Carrick excited by Moyes arrival

Michael Carrick insists Manchester United's players are ready to embrace the challenge of playing for David Moyes.

Last Updated: 20/05/13 at 20:04 Post Comment

Carrick: Ready for the new era under Moyes

Carrick: Ready for the new era under Moyes

Michael Carrick insists Manchester United's players are ready to embrace the challenge of playing for David Moyes.

The Everton boss was driven into United's Carrington training ground by kit man Albert Morgan as he began the process of familiarising himself with his new surroundings.

Sir Alex Ferguson was in the car as well, and drove Moyes away again after he had met those present in the aftermath of the staggering 5-5 draw with West Brom.

Moyes was apparently in cheery mood, and clearly relishing the task in front of him, knowing it was always unrealistic to think he could stick to his official July 1 start day.

That might be roughly when he speaks to the media for the first time.

However, he has pre-season to sort out, in addition to his backroom team, although it is not anticipated Moyes is going to make any major changes.

It is a tricky situation for the Scot though.

On one hand it would be natural for Moyes to insist on making his own mark, and having people he knows well around him, like his current head coach, former Leeds midfielder Jimmy Lumsden, who has been linked with a switch to United.

However the 50-year-old might be equally loath to unsettle a system that has proved to be so successful for so long and has just delivered another Premier League title by an impressive 11 points.

It is a conundrum Moyes needs to solve correctly because work done in the early days will shape his future at Old Trafford.

At least the players are behind him, with Carrick outlining how much they are looking forward to the transition.

"As players we are embracing the challenge," he said.

"For so long we have had the stability of knowing what to expect. We could turn up for pre-season and know how we would be preparing.

"There are going to be certain things that are new. But many will stay the same of course because there is a structure there and there is not a lot wrong.

"We are all looking forward to it. We are looking forward to the new manager coming in, working with him, improving as a squad and taking the club forward."

As a member of five title-winning squads, Carrick is one of those whose experience will be crucial to United's desire for more silverware, even if it is fanciful to expect they could win another 13 titles within a 21-year period as they have just done under Ferguson.

Yet Carrick reports the intense hunger so evident in his long-time manager is also his greatest legacy to the club.

"It is the mentality and desire and the enthusiasm never to give in," said Carrick.

"It has been there for so many years it is ingrained in the players now.

"Hopefully we will carry that on."

Carrick confirmed Ferguson has approached the fortnight since his retirement was confirmed in the same unemotional manner in private as he has in public.

"It has been business as usual," he said.

"He said a few thank yous after the game but generally it is as everyone has seen.

"He will have mixed emotions because it is a strange time for him, as it is for everyone at the club."

In the end, all that was missing from that epic final day trip to West Brom was an injury-time winner.

Even United's players were starting to think it was in the script as the hosts rallied from 5-2 down.

"We were just waiting for the last minute winner from Ryan or Scholesy," he said.

"It was one of those games.

"We are disappointed because we wanted to win the game and make it the last memory for the manager and Paul Scholes.

"But in the grand scheme of things it doesn't mean too much."


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