Giggs, Scholes inspire Carrick to 'live right'
Michael Carrick revealed he has taken lessons from the Manchester United old-timers as he hopes to join the distinguished group of veterans to play at Old Trafford.
The vice-captain turns 34 in the summer and has already signed an extension to his contract to keep him at United until 2016.
But he hopes that, by having the right lifestyle, he can carry on for longer at a club where there is a tradition of players defying the ageing process.
Current assistant manager Ryan Giggs played until he was 40 while Paul Scholes, another former teammate of Carrick's, was in his 39th year when he retired for the second time.
"Football is work and it's a lot more than that, too," Carrick told MUTV. "But it's about getting balance in your life as you get older.
"At 33 or 34, that's when you're not sure how your body is going to react.
"Living right and trying to look after myself gives me a better chance. I feel as good and as a fit as I ever have.
"I'm not saying I can last as long as Giggsy. Not many people, if anyone, can do what he did. But I tried to learn off Giggsy, Scholesy and Gaz Nev [Gary Neville].
"It's stuff in the gym, yoga, living right, eating right... it all comes together and hopefully gives you a chance of playing for that extra couple of years."