Michael Carrick Wants FA Cup Winners Medal To Add To His Manchester United Collection

Old Trafford stalwart believes this year he can get his hands on the FA Cup.

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Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is determined to claim an FA Cup winners medal as it is the only medal he has yet to win.

The 29-year-old has won nine trophies since arriving at Old Trafford in 2006 but the most famous cup in the world has slipped through his fingers.

United last won the trophy in 2004, and Carrick was in the team that lost the final against Chelsea four years ago.

Carrick will face Arsenal this weekend in the quarter-final of the FA Cup and is expecting a close contest between the two Premier League contenders.

“There is a good chunk of us (in the United squad) who haven’t won the FA Cup, so we are desperate to progress,” said Carrick to the Manchester Evening News.

“I was fortunate enough to play in a final at Wembley when I played against Chelsea in 2007 but we lost so my memories are not too fond.

“It was hard to take losing that final. I have been lucky enough to win other trophies and I am very proud of them but missing out on this one hurts.

“I think that goes for a lot of our squad. That’s why we are so keen to get to Wembley and win this time. A lot of us are missing that medal and we want one.”

“Arsenal are obviously a very talented midfield. They showed against Barcelona in the first leg (which they won 2-1) how good they can be,” Carrick added.

“They are very skilful and dangerous and play their way. They don’t change it for anyone. We have always had good games against them and pretty close games.

“They are usually good footballing games and I am sure it can be one the fans will savour.

“We always have great respect for them because we are well aware that, when they are on their game, if you are not switched on they are very capable of beating the very best.

“It is going to be quite a show-down. These are the huge games you want to play in.”

If  United see off Arsenal, a potential meeting between them and neighbours Manchester City could be around the corner, with neutrals hoping it will be in the final at Wembley.

“I can understand the fans getting excited about the possibility but we haven’t even thought about the chances of an all Manchester final game at Wembley yet,” Carrick said.

“We can’t look beyond this one on Saturday yet because it is so huge. We have been so busy leading up to this one that even Arsenal hadn’t been mentioned prior to Liverpool.

“It really is a game-by-game time of the season and that is the only way you can tackle a run-in.”

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