Roy rubbishes rumours
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Some tabloids suggested the Northern Ireland international would look to quit The Red Devils after the arrival of Spanish shot-stopper Ricardo seemingly pushed him further down the pecking order.
Yet Carroll had deputised impressively in Fabien Barthez's absence at the start of the season and, except for a poor throw-out which led to Boudewijn Zenden's goal at Chelsea, did nothing to suggest he does not have a future at the club.
Goalkeeping coach Tony Coton recently suggested there was no number one at United, something refuted by Sir Alex Ferguson who claimed Barthez was the best in the world.
The Frenchman has not performed well since returning from injury, however, and was at fault with conceding goals against both Bolton Wanderers and Maccabi Haifa.
Leeds' Harry Kewell headed home with one of only two efforts the Elland Road outfit managed on goal, and Barthez has conceded three goals from the last six shots on target against him.
Ricardo could fill in for the former Monaco man, although he did not look 100 percent convincing when coming on as a substitute against Haifa, and also contrived to concede a goal - even though this was hardly his fault after a rare slip by Rio Ferdinand.
So, certainly another chance could well be presenting itself to Carroll, who is pleased with the battle for the jersey.
"I can't worry about people coming in," he insisted.
"I have to work hard and get my spot back.
"It's good to have the competition and to work with the best players in the world.
"That is what you need."