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Carrick: Man Utd competition red hot

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick admits competition for first team places is red hot at Old Trafford.

Carrick may be one of those under the most pressure - because he is vying for a midfield place with the likes of Darren Fletcher, Anderson, Owen Hargreaves, John O'Shea and Ryan Giggs.

He returned to action in last Saturday's 2-2 draw with Arsenal after a month out with a dislocated elbow, played against Dynamo Kiev in midweek and hopes to be involved for the visit of sixth-placed Blackburn on Sunday.

"The squad is terrific. A few lads have been rested, and that will continue throughout the season," said the England international.

"The manager has got a lot of bodies, but I'm sure it's a happy problem for him.

"That [competition] is what this club is all about. They are all top players - and whoever plays will not let anyone down."

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