Michael Carrick says he's enjoying pre-season training with Manchester United as he looks to dust off the cobwebs and focus on regaining the Barclays Premier League title.
The midfielder, who enjoyed arguably his finest campaign yet on a personal level in 2011/2012, is happy to be put through his pace during the exhausting work at Carrington. With the DHL pre-season tour now underway, the former Tottenham star is gearing up for the ideal preparation in a bid to wrest the title back from neighbours Manchester City.
"Whether you win the league or not, at the start of every season, we always try to start afresh," Carrick told MUTV. "We'll do that again this year and set out our objectives and goals to win trophies again.
"Pre-season is always quite gruelling although it's not as gruelling as it was when I first started my career 14/15 years ago because times have changed and the sports science side [of the game] has really developed.
"The training we do nowadays is more specific to position - we don't go charging round doing cross-country runs anymore which wasn't very pleasant! It's more geared to what happens on the pitch and we'll be as fit as ever come the start of the season.
"Sometimes you do enjoy pre-season - especially if you're ready to come back and get going again. When you have a long period of time off in the summer, you get a bit twitchy and want to come back into training. It's what we do and what we love.
"There are days when the training is tough but it's enjoyable and the tour gives us a chance to visit some great places and enjoy some great experiences. The pressure is off at this stage and we're just gearing up for the start of the season now."