Champions League lured Carrick to Man Utd

September 4, 2006

Manchester United summer signing Michael Carrick claims the prospect of Champions League football was a 'massive factor' in his decision to join the club.

The former Tottenham midfielder, who cost £18.6million, could only watch when United demolished Fulham 5-1 in the opening match of the season after picking up an ankle injury in the pre-season clash with Ajax.

'I've come here to win things but everyone expects us to do that,' he said.

'The squad believes we're capable of it. Whatever competition Manchester United are in, we're always going to be contenders. Champions League, Premiership, FA Cup, Carling Cup - we're always looking to win them. That's the big attraction.

'Playing in the Champions League was a massive factor in coming here. To be able to take part in some of of the huge games I've watched on the telly in the past is very exciting.

'It's another test, going up against the best in the world, It really is the highest level. Some say Champions League games are on a par, if not better, than the World Cup. I can't wait to be part of it,' Carrick said in `Inside United' - the official Manchester United magazine.

Carrick added: 'This is one of the biggest clubs in the world and to play in that stadium every week is going to be a great experience. The expectation and the belief within the squad are so high.

'I'm looking forward to being part of it, improving my game and becoming a better player. It's exciting times.'

He admitted he first heard about the possibility of the move to United while on World Cup duty in Germany.

'Obviously I had a little chat with the United lads who were out in Germany but there wasn't a lot anyone had to tell me about the club.

'As soon as I heard there was strong interest and the clubs were talking I was desperate to come. No-one could have changed my mind.'