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Carrick determined to play starting role
Michael Carrick has revealed Sir Alex Ferguson was lost for words when Manchester United relinquished their three-year hold on the Premier League title last season. But on the eve of the new campaign, Carrick said Fergie’s priority is to reclaim the title and lead United to a record-breaking 19th championship success. And Carrick admitted the feeling of desolation in the Old Trafford dressing-room last season, after Chelsea were confirmed as champions, was all the inspiration Fergie’s men needed to win back the title. “It was just empty really,” said Carrick. “You’re just sitting there and don’t know what to do with yourself, thinking what might have been and what we might have done better. It wasn’t a nice feeling. I don’t think the manager said a great deal after the game. There’s not really a lot you can say at that time. No-one feels good and at that time you just want next season to start so you can repair the damage.”
David McDonnell, The Mirror
There's more on surprise signing Bebe in The Guardian and The Independent, with the latter piece a look into his days playing in charity tournaments. Bebe played at the Street Football World Championships (not the Homeless World Cup) in May 2009, scoring 40 goals in six matches.
Meanwhile, The Sun report Rio Ferdinand will reclaim the England captaincy from Steven Gerrard as soon as he's fit again. "Why do we have to change?" national team boss Fabio Capello asks.