Michael Carrick says Sir Alex Ferguson 'drives the attitude' at Manchester United

United won their 20th league title on Monday night

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."

PA

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
10 best PS4 games

10 best PS4 games

Can’t wait for the new round of blockbusters due out this autumn? We played through last year’s offering
Transfer window: Ten things we learnt

Ten things we learnt from the transfer window

Record-breaking spending shows FFP restraint no longer applies
Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

... and not just because of Isis vandalism
Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

Girl on a Plane

An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent