could regard themselves as 'something special' if they manage to complete a Premier League hat-trick this season.
Although Sir Alex Ferguson's men are on FA Cup duty this weekend and face a fifth-round trip to Derby on Sunday, at the back of their minds is the knowledge that on Wednesday they entertain Fulham
, when a win would send them five points clear of Liverpool
From there it would take a remarkable turnaround to deprive United of a third successive title for only the second time in their history.
Title ambitions: Carrick is targeting this third Premier League gong since joining from Spurs in 2006
'You have got something special if you win three in a row,' said Carrick.
'It would be an amazing achievement and would show what a good team we have been over a consistent period.
'We have done a little bit of the work but there is an awful long way to go yet.
'This league has already shown there are some unexpected results to be thrown up.
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