Michael Carrick believes the current Manchester United squad could be on the brink of a golden era.
In March the midfielder signed a contract which committed his future to Old Trafford until 2014 and he did not hesitate in accepting the offer.
United look set to reach the UEFA Champions League final after a 2-0 semi-final first-leg win at Schalke and, ahead of Sunday's crucial trip to Arsenal, are leading the way in the Premier League title race.
With a domestic-European double within reach, Carrick thinks that Sir Alex Ferguson's current crop of players could be just beginning to fulfil their potential.
"We haven't won anything yet, and you know that here greatness is judged on what you win, so it's difficult to rate this current team at the moment," Carrick said in the Daily Mirror.
"You have to win things and keep winning to be considered a great side - but if you take the European game against Schalke, it was one of our best performances in a long, long time.
"When you take into account the circumstances, the fact it was a semi-final and normally how tight they are, then in that respect it shows you this current Manchester United team has real quality.
"But it's obvious we have to wait until the end of the season before we can put this team up against previous Manchester United sides."
Carrick is also excited to be playing alongside the likes of rising stars Chris Smalling, the Da Silva twins and Javier Hernandez.
The England international said: "The young lads we have got at the moment, there is so much promise for the future, and yet we are still in a position to do something special this season.
"That's what makes you so excited to be part of it. When the club came to me recently with a long-term contract, signing it was a no-brainer, because I can see what the future holds here - how exciting this team can become.
"I can't wait, honestly, for what lies ahead, and to be part of it. It excites me. It's the great thing about this club and the manager - he never sits still."
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