Michael Carrick happy to be role model at Manchester United

19 July 2013 01:31

Michael Carrick is happy to accept the responsibility that comes with being one of Manchester United's elder statesmen.

With Paul Scholes now retired, Darren Fletcher's future open to considerable doubt and Anderson among those believed to be surplus to requirements, Carrick's experience is going to be important in the months ahead.

Five Premier League titles and three Champions League final appearances mean the 31-year-old midfielder is someone the rest of his team-mates look up to, and doubtless still will even if Cesc Fabregas does make the switch from Barcelona.

It is not a situation that fazes Carrick, however, just part of something he views as a natural development process.

"The responsibility changes a little bit as you get older," said Carrick. "It is an experience thing. The the longer you play and more games you have, then the experience comes.

"The younger boys sometimes look for a bit of guidance or help in dealing with certain situations.

"I have certainly done that in the past with Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville. It is part of the continuity and traditions we try to keep at the club.

"I am one of the older ones now. It is not something that bothers me."

Carrick's calm approach will be needed to ease United through the coming weeks of transition as they adjust to life under a new manager.

Moyes might still be waiting to make his first significant purchase, but the United players have been impressed by the work they are being asked to undertake on the training ground.

Source: PA