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May 21, 2013

Carrick confident of more success

Michael Carrick believes Manchester United will keep their winning mentality and never-say-spirit despite the departure of manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ferguson retired after the final game of the season, Sunday's 5-5 draw against West Bromwich Albion, and will be replaced by David Moyes.

But midfielder Carrick is convinced Ferguson has imbued the players at Old Trafford with good habits that will survive after his reign.

"It is the mentality and desire," Carrick told the Manchester Evening News. "The enthusiasm never to give in, which you have seen for so many years. That is ingrained in the players now. Hopefully we will carry that on."

Ferguson managed United for 26-and-a-half years and after a period of rare continuity, Carrick admits there is an element of the unknown as a new manager walks into the club. But he is convinced Moyes will great the right response from his new charges.

"As players we are embracing the challenge. For so long we have had the stability of knowing what to expect. We could turn up for pre-season and know how we would be preparing," he added. "There are going to be certain things that are new. But many will stay the same of course because there is a structure there and there is not a lot wrong.

"As a group of players we are looking forward to the new manager coming in. We are looking forward to working with him and improving as a squad and taking the club forward."

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