Carrick happy now being old pro at Man Utd
Carrick is now back in his favourite midfield role and relishing the challenge ahead - and the responsibility that goes with being classed alongside people like Ferdinand, Patrice Evra, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs as a senior player.
Carrick, also delighted at being back in the England set-up, said: "I feel like a senior and more important player at the club these days - well, I am getting on a bit!
"I think it is a natural progression that the manager looks towards the senior players to uphold the traditions of the club."
And he added: "The way we lost the league last season on the last day to Man City was a huge blow - but we've had setbacks in the past and bounced back."