Carrick eyes quick Champions League progress for Man Utd

Michael Carrick wants Manchester United to avoid the struggles they encountered last season in the Champions League and secure a passage into the last-16 as quickly as possible.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men have started their European campaign in impressive fashion, collecting maximum points from their clashes with Galatasaray and Cluj. Four points from their back to back fixtures with Portuguese side Braga, the first of which comes at Old Trafford on Tuesday, would secure a comfortable progression through Group H.

Indeed, according to the Daily Mail, England international Carrick believes that not only would progress put to bed last season’s struggles, which saw the Red Devils fail to reach the knockout stages, but also ensure a positive impact on the side’s domestic results.

It does help the league form if you can get through early,” said Carrick.

The manager can change things around. He can rest players. He can use the squad and give players game time. The pressure is off. He can start planning ahead knowing the next stage is already secure.

It is not always possible,” the 31-year-old continued. “Sometimes it can go down to the last game, which in itself is not always a bad thing. Overall though, it is better to get it done and dusted.

Following their 4-2 victory at Old Trafford over Stoke on Saturday, Man Utd currently lie second in the Premier League table as they pursue a record 20th league title, four points behind leaders Chelsea.

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