"We have a fantastic squad with a lot of options in attacking areas," said Carrick.
"If we can have a solid base and defend really well, we will always create chances and score a lot of goals.
"We know Chelsea have a very strong squad as well. It is going to be nip and tuck between us throughout the season and, if anything, it will be a bigger challenge for us than before because everyone else has improved. But hopefully, great times lie ahead for us."