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02/07/2014 14:00, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Carrick ready for van Gaal era

Carrick has also welcomed the signing of fellow central midfielder Herrera and expects the 24-year-old playmaker to settle in nicely at Old Trafford, having previously faced him during the Reds’ Europa League defeats to Athletic Club in the 11/12 season.

“I've played against him and he's a terrific player. The more quality you have, the better. He is certainly right up there. I'm sure he's looking forward to starting, getting the first game under his belt and fitting in. We'll certainly make him feel as welcome as we can.”

Van Gaal is likely to make changes to the Reds squad after his World Cup campaign with the Netherlands finishes, but Carrick, who is about to start his ninth campaign at Old Trafford, insists he'll maintain the same desire to impress during pre-season.

“I'm not going into this season any different to how I have any other,” he said. “Whether you win or lose, the next season you've got to start again, doing it all over again. 

"Last season counts for nothing, for everyone. We go into this fresh and really positive and looking forward to a successful campaign.”

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