Carrick always confident of winning Man Utd place

Michael Carrick says he never lost confidence in his ability to establish himself at Manchester United.

The England midfielder's £18.6million switch from Spurs last summer raised more than a few eyebrows. Some quiet early performances put even more question marks over the wisdom of the purchase.

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But the longer the season went on the better Carrick got and he became an integral part of United's title success.

Carrick, 26 on Saturday, said: "Maybe I did prove people wrong. But you can't think about doing that or it will distract you from your job.

"I know it was a massive move for me but I always believed in myself.

"In fact, I felt more like a United player the longer the season went on.

"I had to get used to the way we play and the different expectations and pressures from what I was used to.

"But if someone said at the start of the campaign I would have a championship medal, play over 50 games and score six goals I'd have taken that.

"Having said that, playing with the players here I always believed we would win the League.

"Going through what I did last season was a great experience. I now know how hard it is to win a title and it was special to do it in my first season.

"But we are not satisfied we have to keep going and keep improving.

"Last season I learned a lot along the way from the likes of Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs about just what it takes to win a title.

"They have been there so long and achieved so many things.

"Those players always look forward and not back and that's what people like myself have to do now."

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