Man United’s Michael Carrick: We’re already thinking about Swansea

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick says the Red Devils are starting to think about their league opener at Swansea

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Michael Carrick joined Manchester United from Tottenham in 2006 Photo: The Sport Review

Michael Carrick says Manchester United are already starting to think about their Premier League opener against Swansea City on 17 August.

The defending champions face a tough start with a trip to the Swans before facing Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City in three of their following four top-flight games.

And Carrick says David Moyes’ side have a final chance to impress ahead of the new season when the Red Devils face AIK Fotboll in Sweden on Tuesday night.

“Now is the time when you really start thinking about that first game of the season,” Carrick told United’s website.

“We’ve been back from the main part of the tour for a few days now and everyone is focused on that first game.

“It’s about being ready for every game though and Tuesday’s will be a good opportunity for some of the lads that haven’t played too much recently and also for the lads that have played to get some more minutes in. It helps with your fitness, your general play and your overall sharpness.

“These games are always a test because you’re often up against teams who are pretty fit whereas we’re still building our fitness up and not quite where we want to be yet.

“That’s the purpose of being here and we want to make sure we perform and play well because we have great pride in ourselves and also want to represent the club in the right way.

“And we want to continue to make sure we are ready for that first game. We’ve got a busy week but it’s an important one for us.”

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