Carroll wants to be number one
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Northern Ireland international replaced Howard for Saturday's victory over Tottenham and repaid his manager's faith by keeping a clean sheet.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed after the match that Carroll would keep the gloves for the upcoming double-header against Arsenal.
Ferguson is resting Howard, who has enjoyed a fine debut season at Old Trafford, and will start with Carroll against The Gunners in both the upcoming Premiership meeting and FA Cup semi-final.
Carroll has been the perennial understudy for The Red Devils since joining the club in the summer of 2001 from Wigan Athletic.
But with a vote of confidence ringing in his ears from Ferguson, the 26-year-old is desperate to prove he is worthy of being number one on a permanent basis.
"I don't see myself as second choice, I have never seen myself that way," said Carroll. "I was first choice at Wigan and Hull City.
"I came here and learned my trade for the first couple of seasons and hope to be number one sooner rather than later.
"I try not to put myself under pressure. I will just go out there and try to do my job."