Michael Carrick says 2007/08's Premier League triumph was even sweeter than his first title success, and insists the fans played their part...
Two seasons at the club, two titles. How did this one feel?
The final day of the season was mad, really. We started off trying not to let anything affect us. We knew what had to be done and it was a case of going out and performing to the standard we have been doing all season. Afterwards you’re buzzing, but tired as well. It’s a weird feeling, but very satisfying having that winner’s medal around your neck.
Was victory over Wigan more pleasing knowing that Chelsea didn’t beat Bolton?
To be honest, I didn’t know until well after the final whistle what had happened at Stamford Bridge. It was a good 10 minutes after the end of the game when Mick Phelan [first-team coach] told me it ended 1-1. I'd forgotten all about it, I was so focused on the job we had to do. We knew that if we won the Chelsea result didn’t matter. But it’s better that we won the title on points rather than goal difference. It shows that we’re true champions.
How does winning the title in the final league game compare with last season?
It was great. Last year, even though it was a fantastic feeling that we were champions, I was sitting in the front room in my house when the news was confirmed that we had won. It’s not the same as winning a game to take the title which was a terrific feeling, and once you get it you want more of it. We’re driving on for three in a row already. Being champions last year, we wanted to prove that it wasn’t a one-off. This season wasn’t as straightforward as the last one. We didn’t start too well and when we were trailing Arsenal, people were saying our title defence was over. But to come out on top like we have done is very satisfying; we know that we have really earned it this year.
Which game did you most enjoy this season?
Beating Newcastle at home was probably the best. The 6-0 scoreline was amazing, but the team performance was pretty spot-on and that just makes it more enjoyable when everyone is playing well and everything clicks. We kept a clean sheet and dominated the game from start to finish. Everything went right for us.
United had a good record against Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal this season. How important was that?
It’s important to take points off the teams around you.