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Carrick: Man Utd locker room great place to be

Michael Carrick says the Manchester United locker room is a great place to be.

Although Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck are both out of the Chelsea match through injury, United will look to maintain the fast-paced style that has earned four straight wins in the Barclays Premier League.

"There's a lot of the same faces in the dressing room really," he told manutd.com. "It's still the same atmosphere and banter. It's as good as ever - if not even better.

"The younger lads have come into the team and done ever so well. It's their energy and enthusiasm they bring, as well as their quality, and it's great to see and has given everyone an extra spring in their step. We want to carry it on.

"I suppose I have to be classed as a senior player, turning 30. The average age of the squad has dropped significantly really over the summer. It's not that I want to be getting old but that's how it is.

"I've learned off Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville and probably the younger players just pick up the habits off me, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra. That's how it works and keeps on rolling.

"You've got to play well to play in this team. It's been the case for years, there's always competition for places, which is healthy enough, and has always proved successful."

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