Carrick sounds Schalke warning
Michael Carrick insists Manchester United will attack Schalke despite holding a two-goal advantage.
Last Updated: 30/04/11 6:30pm
Michael Carrick insists Manchester United will attack Schalke despite holding a two-goal advantage in the UEFA Champions League semi-final tie.
Away goals from Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney in Germany have put United in the box seat heading into the return leg at Old Trafford, with many feeling Sir Alex Ferguson's men already have one foot on the Wembley pitch.
Despite their status as favourites, and with a crunch league game against Chelsea just four days later, Carrick insists the Red Devils will not take their foot off the gas.
With the knowledge that an early goal for Schalke could make for a nervy tie at Old Trafford, the midfielder is adamant his side must kill off the game.
"We will attack the game as we normally do at home," he said.
"There is no chance of us looking for a draw or being happy to scrape through.
"We respect Schalke for how well they have done in the competition this season, so we will not be taking it easy at all.
"We have got lots of big games coming up and we want to keep up that momentum."
The first leg of the tie saw Carrick and United make an impressive statement to the rest of Europe, creating 11 chances in the space of the first half alone.
Despite the dominant performance not leading to an early breakthrough, the 29-year-old believes it was a sign of what the team can do.
"That first half was as well as we had played in Europe for a while," Carrick added.
"At this stage of the competition it is never easy to control and dominate a game. But we had a game plan and executed it pretty well.
"Even at half-time, we didn't allow ourselves to get frustrated. We remained patient and it paid off in the end.
"We thrive on all these big games. We want to be playing in matches like this and they are coming thick and fast now."