Man United’s Michael Carrick targets Champions League improvement
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick hopes the Red Devils have "learnt" from last season's European flop
Michael Carrick admits he hopes Manchester United have “learnt” from last season’s Champions League disappointment ahead of Thursday’s group stage draw in Monaco.
The Red Devils were parachuted down into the Europa League last season after failing to navigate their way out of their group.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s men were beaten Champions League finalists in 2009 and 2011 and Carrick is determined to help the Red Devils push for the trophy again.
“The league is the priority but when the Champions League comes round, of course, you put everything into it,” Carrick told Manchester United’s website.
“We won’t be taking our eye off the ball at all, especially after what happened last season.
“We want to be in the latter stages and fighting for the trophy. But we know the work has to be done now and hopefully we’ve learnt from last season and can have much better campaign this time.
“The players always look forward to the draw and we’re especially looking forward to it this time after what happened last season. We let ourselves down as a squad.
“Our home form was very disappointing but our away form was good. It’s about getting the balance. You want both to be terrific.
“You need your home form to be terrific to give you the base to progress. Over the years it’s been good and we’ll be looking to put that right this time because we don’t want what happened last year to happen again.”