Carrick rues lost silverware
Michael Carrick admits he continues to strive to be the best despite Man Utd's recent successes.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 08/01/09 4:14pm
Michael Carrick admits he continues to strive to be the best despite Manchester United's recent successes.
The England international, who joined the Red Devils from Tottenham in 2006, has claimed two Premier League titles and a UEFA Champions League crown during his time at Old Trafford.
He admits that wrestling top-flight bragging rights back from Chelsea represents a memorable achievement for him personally and for the club, but insists that no-one at United is resting on their laurels.
Carrick insists European heartache at the hands of AC Milan and an FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea in 2007 still rankles with him and his team-mates, and claims rectifying those disappointments remains a priority for everyone connected with Sir Alex Ferguson's side.
"I came here to win things, so it is the ones that got away I am still not too happy about," he said.
"The Champions League defeat in Milan still rankles with me, even though we won it last year, the FA Cup defeat to Chelsea too.
"As good as the ones that we won were, it is the others that we missed out on that bother me. It is not easy to take."
United welcome Chelsea to Old Trafford on Sunday looking to close the seven-point gap which separates them from Premier League leaders Liverpool.
Carrick admits that the Red Devils are delighted to still be in the running after being forced to negotiate a difficult fixture list so far, but believes the club remain well placed to claim a third consecutive top-flight crown.
"If I was in their shoes I would want to be as far ahead as I possibly could be," said Carrick.
"At this stage of the season, we could have been a lot further behind than we are when you consider all the away games - especially after Champions League matches - and the fact our two games in hand are both at home.
"We are very positive at the moment. It is strange how the season has gone.
"Obviously we want the points on the board, and it would be nice to be sitting on top of the league.
"But when you take everything into account it is not too bad.
"The games are there on paper. It is up to us to take advantage."