Carrick hopes for fitness boost

Midfielder looks towards Celtic trip after edgy Hull win

Carrick: Off the mark

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Michael Carrick is hoping his fitness will continue to improve after starting Manchester United's 4-3 win over Hull City.

The midfielder has been sidelined by ankle and foot injuries this season and is keen to put an end to his fitness troubles.

He returned from six weeks out as a substitute against West Ham United last week before starting Sunday's nail-biting success over Hull.

Carrick scored United's second goal in the game and he is happy to have opened his account for the season.

"It was nice to score and get off the mark," said Carrick in the Manchester Evening News.

"It was the longest I have played in three months, so hopefully that is going to get my fitness up ready for the coming weeks."

Crazy

The England international admits United nearly slipped up against Hull, having led 4-1, but he is now focused on Wednesday's UEFA Champions League tie at Celtic.

He added: "It was a strange game.

"Being so close at the end did not really fit with how the game went. We created so many chances and played some extremely good football, but we shot ourselves in the foot with a few errors.

"In the end it was a bit crazy really.

"When you step away from it, we have won the game and got three points. Now we can move on to Celtic."