Man Utd's Carrick: Only Champions League triumph can take us to '99 level

Michael Carrick admits the current Manchester United team cannot be compared with the 1999 Treble winners unless they win the Champions League this week.

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"Until we win the Champions League, how can you compare the two sides?" the 26-year-old Carrick told BBC Sport.

"It's OK saying we play good football and have good players, but until we win more honours, it's hard to compare.

"I've watched the final a few times since 1999," he added. "All the players are well aware of the history of this club and 1999 was a massive year and is the one year that stands out.

"The Champions League final is a massive, massive event. Some people say it is even better than international football with the quality of all the club sides involved.

"(Winning the league) gives us a boost but I don't think it will have any affect on the result in Moscow. It fills us with confidence and self-belief that we are sat on top of the league at the end of the season, and it shows us we are doing things the right way.

"But we know the threat that Chelsea possess and it isn't a given right that we are going to win."

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