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18/07/2011 10:38, Report by N Coppack & G Thompson

Reds will cope without Scholes

Michael Carrick feels there is a collective responsibility within the United squad to cover the loss of so many experienced players.

The midfielder has become one of the most senior professionals at United following the departure of Wes Brown, John O'Shea, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Owen Hargreaves and Edwin van der Sar.

Speaking exclusively to ManUtd.com in a webchat on Sunday night, the England international answered fans' questions on a variety of topics.

When asked if Scholes' retirement will mean he needs to take on more responsibility in the playmaking department, Carrick replied: "I think losing a player like Paul is a loss - he brings so much to the team. He's a world-class player. You have to compensate in other ways.

"We've done that in the past - we lost Cristiano [Ronaldo] a few years ago and people didn't think we'd get over it. Different players step up - maybe not one player but we share the responsibility. I feel there's more responsibility as you get older, too. Experience counts for a lot. I won't be thinking about that, though. I just want to improve again and have a good season."

The former Spurs star was also asked which of the experienced campaigners will be most missed.

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Experience counts

"Different players step up - maybe not one player but we share the responsibility. I feel there's more responsibility as you get older, too. Experience counts for a lot. I won't be thinking about that, though. I just want to improve again and have a good season."

- Michael Carrick

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