Fergie: Carroll will face Arsenal
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Northern Ireland number two was selected ahead of Tim Howard and kept a rare clean sheet for United in the 3-0 home win over Tottenham.
Of course, Ferguson may well change his mind closer to the Highbury and Villa Park fixtures, but he seems to have handed his deputy goalie a major boost.
"I wanted to give Tim Howard a break mentally," stated Ferguson.
"He's been sensational and is going to be a top keeper.
"But we'll give Roy the next three games and see how he does. Maybe I'll keep him in after a shut-out."
Carroll was unaware of the vote of confidence from his manager and is keeping his feet on the ground.
"It's nice to come back with a clean sheet," said the United keeper.
"Everyone worked very hard.
"I didn't know I was in until this morning so I'm very happy to be playing.
"Hopefully there's more around the corner - I've just got to work hard in training and do well in matches.
"He (Ferguson) hasn't said anything to me like that (about playing the next three games) so I've got to do my best and hopefully do it.
"Tim has done well this season but I had a chance today and that's what I wanted.
"I'm always ready to come in and do my job."
The former Wigan Athletic man's previous Premiership appearance this season, saw him culpable for Fulham's equaliser through Luis Boa Morte in a draw at Loftus Road.