Michael Carrick sat down with ManUtd.com ahead of the pre-season Tour 2013 presented by Aon...
What's the one thing you enjoy most about tours?
The fans, the cities you visited, spending time together as a squad, just being back training… In some ways I think it’s good for us to get out of our bubble and our routine in Manchester and visit different places like the Far East and Australia. They’re not places you get to see very often and you get to see what the club means to the fans by the fantastic reception we’re given everywhere we go.
What are you expecting from the facilities in Australia?
I’m sure they’ll be similar to those in the United States as they’re also a sporting nation that has been very successful in all sports. I’m sure the facilities will be of a high standard as they take sport really seriously in Australia. I’m really looking forward to the visit there.
You’ve been to Asia before with United. What are your memories of the support United enjoys in that part of the world?
I still remember the first time I went there with United and how were mobbed as soon as we arrived at the airport. It was something I’d never really experienced and it made me realise how big this club really is.
Few clubs have the impact that United at home and abroad do they?
No, it’s crazy. One of the reasons I enjoy going there is just to see the reaction of the fans. It can take you back a little bit sometimes – even though they live a long way from Manchester the reaction the people give us over is amazing.
You’ve experienced visiting Asia with Ji-sung Park, what kind of reception are you expecting Shinji to receive in Japan?
I’d expect it to be something similar to what we saw with Ji. Shinji is the man over there and I’m sure he’ll get plenty of attention.
We’ll be playing at the International Stadium Yokohama where we won the Club World Cup in 2008 – what are your memories of the stadium and your stay in Yokohama and how proud were you to win the tournament?
It doesn’t really get spoken about much but, for me, it was massive.