Carrick happy making history

Midfielder enjoying continued success

Carrick: Enjoying trophy success

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Michael Carrick has admitted he is thrilled to have made history with Manchester United following their Carling Cup win on Sunday.

It is yet another milestone reached for not only Carrick, who added to his impressive medal haul in the 2-1 victory over Aston Villa at Wembley, but also for United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who saw his side defend a cup trophy for the first time in their illustrious history.

The midfielder has now won almost every competition possible in English club football, but his hunger and desire for glory still remains and he is thrilled to be part of United's continued success.

"It was a surprise when I learned we have never defended a cup competition," he said.

"It is nice to be part of a team that has achieved it. Hopefully we can go on to win some more."

Focused

Carrick returns to the England fold on Wednesday as they continue their World Cup preparations with a friendly against Egypt at Wembley.

The midfielder will be hoping to secure his place in Fabio Capello's final 23-man squad to go to South Africa.

But when asked about linking up with Villa players James Milner, Stephen Warnock, Stewart Downing and Emile Heskey again, the 28-year-old insisted he will not be gloating about club matters.

"Once we get there we will focus on England," he added.

"We probably won't even mention it. Any week with England is a big week.

"We are so close to the World Cup so it will be a good few days."