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10/12/2011 09:19, Report by A Bostock, G Thompson

Carrick targets Christmas cuts

Michael Carrick wants to get closer to United’s neighbours over the festive season – by helping the Reds to reduce Manchester City’s lead in the league.

The champions are currently five points behind the Blues but it could all be very different by Christmas Day with three league matches apiece to be played in the meantime – starting with United vs Wolves at Old Trafford this weekend.

“We’re quite happy with the way things have gone in the league,” Carrick told United Review, the official match programme. “Of course, we’d prefer to be on top, but we’re actually in a better position than last season [in terms of points won] and hopefully we’ll be even closer to City come the end of the year.”

Suspension caused Carrick to miss the agonising Champions League exit in Basel but he’s eligible to return on Saturday, against a side who beat United at Molineux last season and were on course for a draw at Old Trafford until injury time.

“Ji’s winner was a huge goal for us,” said Carrick, recalling Park’s late strike in November 2010. “Wolves are always well organised and they have a lot of energy in their side. Their [2-1] result against Sunderland last weekend was a big one and it will have given them a boost ahead of our game. We’ll take nothing for granted.”

The full interview with Michael Carrick appears in United Review, on sale this Saturday at Old Trafford.

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