Michael Carrick says Sir Alex Ferguson 'drives the attitude' at Manchester United
United won their 20th league title on Monday night
Wednesday 24 April 2013
Michael Carrick has admitted any player who fails to adopt Sir Alex Ferguson's legendary thirst for glory does not have much of a future at Manchester United.
The Red Devils will collect their latest Premier League trophy on May 12, after the final home game of the season against Swansea.
It is their 20th championship, an incredible 13 won under Ferguson, the same number as Arsenal have managed in their entire history.
And United's rivals can be sure the challenge for them will not get any easier next season. Ferguson simply would not allow it.
"The manager drives that attitude and it rubs off on the players," said Carrick.
"To be honest it happens quite quickly. If it doesn't you are not going to be successful here.
"When I arrived, I tried to copy the example of the senior players. As I get older, I try to set an example for the younger boys.
"The season is not over yet, we haven't even got the trophy. But when we come back next year, we will be as hungry as ever.
"I said before I came here that if I won a league that would have meant everything to me.
"Strange as it seemed, as soon as I won that first title it left me hungry for more.
"The satisfaction of winning is such a good feeling you want it again and again, and you get hungrier to win it again."
Yet it is something they rarely get credit for.
Even as United were embarking on their double lap of honour last night, some bookmakers were confirming City as next season's title favourites.
A laid-back character by nature, Carrick is not the type to get irritated by the apparent lack of recognition in the same way as Rio Ferdinand, who has repeated his annoyance on a number of occasions.
However, the 31-year-old does find it strange.
"Every time we have won it, people say it has always been because other teams have let themselves down," said Carrick.
"I have been here seven years, during which time we have lost it twice. On both occasions we have been written off massively, but still come back and won it again.
"(It seems) we are never quite good enough. You can never please everyone. To do that would need a clean sweep of trophies, which is highly unlikely."
Culinary experts in The Netherlands thought it was 'fresh' and 'tasty'
Marvel has released first teaser trailer week early after it leaked online
Latest in Sport
Anderlecht vs Arsenal match report: Kieran Gibbs and Lukas Podolski pounce as Arsenal leave it late
Manchester United vs Chelsea: Daley Blind admits United must 'play our best game' to get a result at Old Trafford
Liverpool vs Real Madrid player ratings: Was Cristiano Ronaldo the star man? And how did Mario Balotelli fare?
Liverpool vs Real Madrid match report: Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema run Reds ragged at Anfield
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was shirt swapping the real reason?
- 1 As an ex prostitute, I urge all the political parties to commit to the Sex Buyer Law
- 2 Nokia no more: Microsoft drops once-ubiquitous mobile name – in favour of its Lumia brand
- 4 Australian café owner sparks debate after saying 'No' to having unruly children on premises
- 5 Couple die within 28 hours of each other after being married for 73 years
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'