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Carrick hails Giggs

United midfielder admits winger is still the main man at Old Trafford

Carrick: Giggs praise

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Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has admitted that Ryan Giggs is still the person everyone in the dressing room looks up to.

Sir Alex Ferguson stated that he would use the Welshman sparingly this term, but Giggs has still managed to feature in 15 Premier League matches so far.

Despite his increasing years, the 35-year-old has proved that he can still deliver on the highest stage as he proved with an excellent display in central midfield in the recent 3-0 win over Chelsea.

Carrick, who signed for United in 2006 for £18.6million from Spurs, admitted that Giggs' glittering career makes him the player new arrivals should compare themselves to.

"Ryan is as motivated as anyone in the dressing room," the England international said.

"That is why he has been here for so long and achieved so much. If you win a league title, a lot of players might think 'that is not bad, I will settle for that.' But you can't get away with that here and Ryan is the obvious example of that.

"As players coming in you look at Ryan, see how motivated and determined he is and realise that is the way to be.

"He commands the respect of everyone in the dressing room. People look up to him. It is not so much asking his advice, it is to see what it takes to be a success in the game."

Despite Giggs playing at the highest level for nearly 20 years and winning all there is to win in the club game, Carrick believes that people will not realise how good he is until after he retires.

"I definitely think that will be the case," he added.

"Around the game he couldn't be held in any higher esteem but as a whole, sadly it will only be when it is over that everyone else comes flooding in to say how good he was."

United face Derby in the Carling Cup semi-final, second leg, at Old Trafford on Tuesday needing to claw back a 1-0 deficit.

Despite Ferguson insisting that he will utilise his full squad and keep faith in his younger players Carrick, who came off the bench in the first leg, maintains that even the players not selected remain totally behind the side.

"It is not a rivalry at all. We are doing things to be a successful squad," the 27-year-old said.

"We are friends and team-mates so when I am sitting on the sidelines I am still desperate for the team to do well.

"At the end of the season you want the whole squad to be sitting there with winners' medals.

"That is what being a Manchester United player is all about."