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Carrick Not Interested In Losing

Carrick feels he's a better player than a year before and is now ready to take part in an FA Cup Final.

It's fair to say that Carrick's move turned out to be a pretty good one for all parties concerned. Tottenham's got good money, we've got a very good midfielder and the guy himself won a league title in his first season at us.

He's now preparing for an FA Cup Final against the second best team in the land nad his focus is only on winning.

'Sometimes finals are exciting, on other occasions they are not,' he said.

'Being back at Wembley does give the match a bit of extra spice, but we are not interested in going there and losing.

'As long as we are lifting that trophy at the end I am not too bothered whether it is a good game or not.'

League titles and cup finals are not regular feats at Spurs (not to mention Champions League semi-finals - no offense guys, really) so it's not a big surprise that Carrick feels he's become a better player during this season.

'I would say I am a better player now than I was last year,' he said.

'Winning the league is the best thing I have ever done. I played in most of the games as well, so it was a big achievement for me.'

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday May 17 2007

Time: 2:44PM

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I think he is a better player than 12 months ago as well though ,,, looks much more confident than he did at spurs .. really brought his game on nicely !
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17/05/2007 14:54:00

Come On Chelsea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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17/05/2007 15:50:00

Dicksy, why did you feel necessary to publish that comment right here? Otherwise, Carrick, Vidic and Evra are the players who made the biggest improvement this season - they were unbelievable.
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17/05/2007 16:19:00

true, i must admit at first i belived that carrick may not be the calibre of player we needed to replace keane, but boi was i wrong! he looks so confident on the ball and can pass a ball 70yrds with ease. he is also a suprisly good tackler, ive lost count of the amount of times hes lost the ball, but then raced back to tackle the player, hes a true manchester united player (p.s he cant half thumpa ball too, though his goals have been minimum this season, every one of them has been a cracker, lets hope he has one more left in him for saturday, up the reds!!!)
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17/05/2007 16:23:00

The arrival of Hargreaves would mean Carrick pushed up into a more attacking role and that will probably bring more goals for him. Tackling ability is not exactly in the Keano mould but I agree that he's surprisingly accomplished at defending, too.
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17/05/2007 16:27:00

midothithian, if we got hargreaves in the summer (which looks almost certain) who do reckon would play, coz after scholes season u cant leave him out, and the same applies to carrick, so hargreaves would only come into it in the case of injuries or a complete formation change. in your opinion, how do you think hargreaves will fit into our team next season, i mean in the short term, do we realy need him??
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17/05/2007 16:30:00

No, we do not really need him in the short term. However, you can't expect Scholes to have such a blistering season again and the same applies for Giggs, too. I think we'll adapt a 4-3-3 formation, with Scholes, Carrick and Hargreaves in midfield and Rooney, Ronaldo and Saha/a new striker up front. Giggs and Scholes will be rotated to protect their ageing legs...
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17/05/2007 16:34:00

maybe, but i dont see the need in changing a winning system. 4-4-2 has worked wel for us this season, why change?
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17/05/2007 16:43:00

Fergie wants to introduce a new system, that's been obvious in recent years. The 4-2-3-1 worked well on occasions - Roma game anyone? - so I reckon he wants United to be more unpredictable tactically. I love 4-4-2 but SAF is determined to have another system up his sleeve.
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17/05/2007 16:58:00

duh, well obviously!!, if he was interested in losing he would'nt have left Tittenham would he??
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