Michael Carrick wants to lead by example at Man United
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick says he wants to lead by example and emulate likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes
Michael Carrick says he wants to continue to lead by example at Manchester United after his impressive contribution to the club’s Premier League title success this season.
The England international has been one of the Red Devils’s most consistent performers in the English top flight this season, scoring once and making four assists in 34 league appearances.
Carrick, who was nominated for the PFA player of the year award, was United’s oldest player on the pitch in a 1-0 victory over Sunderland in April.
And the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder wants to emulate the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes and help the club’s youngsters improve by setting a shining example at Old Trafford.
“There is a responsibility to set an example here. I’m not one to dictate or shout and scream. It’s more about setting an example within the squad,” Carrick told United’s website.
“At this club people like Giggsy and Scholesy don’t go around shouting, they lead by example – not just on the pitch but in everything they do.
“At Manchester United, especially, you carry an expectation to live the right way, to train well and look after yourself. As a package, there is no club like it in terms of responsibility for its players.
“It’s important the senior lads do the right things for the younger ones to follow.”
Despite enjoying his best season at United since completing a £14m move in 2006, Carrick believes there is still room for improvement next season.
“As a player you’re always trying to improve and learn all the time,” he added.
“That’s what I’ve always tried to do and there comes a stage when, perhaps for a variety of reasons, you hit form and you feel comfortable with the way things are going.
“It’s probably an experience thing as well. I know what works for me now in different situations and different games, how you cope and how you adapt to that.”