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25/05/2009 08:44, Report by Gemma Thompson
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Carrick: We can do it again

Things couldn't have gone much better for Michael Carrick since joining United in the summer of 2006.

He has developed into one of the finest midfielders in the country and become an integral part of Sir Alex's trophy-winning Red machine, he's the proud owner of three Barclays Premier League titles, as well as Champions League and Club World Cup winners' medals.

And ahead of European football's showpiece final meeting with Barcelona on Wednesday, the 27-year-old tells ManUtd.com he's determined to further boost his and United's trophy haul...

In your opinion is this a final between the two best teams in world football?
Yes, probably. The fact we’ve both won our respective leagues certainly puts us up there as the best two sides in Europe. It’s going to be a huge game and it’s one we’re all looking forward to.

What kind of match are you expecting?
I’m not sure. We thought it would be very open and attacking when we played them last season and in the end there was only one goal over two legs. They can score and create chances at any time, but we believe we can defend well and attack them. There could be a bagful of goals or just one could be the difference - anything could happen, but that’s what makes it such an interesting game.

People talk about the threat of Messi, but the manager has highlighted the dangers posed by Iniesta…
He’s definitely a big player for them. He’s had a great season and scored a few goals, none more important than the one against Chelsea in the semi-final which put them through to the final. I know he’s had a bit of an injury recently, but I’m sure he’ll be fit for Rome and it’ll be a big test to play against him because he’s a really top player.

United can make history by becoming the first side to retain the trophy – is that something you think about as players?
It’s a strange one really because you try not to think about things too much, but at the back of your mind you know how special it could be if we could do it. We’re determined to repeat the feeling we had last season, it was something I’d never experienced before in my life and it really was an unbelievable feeling. To do that again would be incredible.

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