Carrick wants to emulate Giggs and Scholes' longevity

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick wants to follow Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes in playing into his late 30s.

Carrick reckons he has enough miles left on the clock to join that vintage club.

He said: “When I started out in the game, once people saw you were past 30 they thought you were on a downward spiral in terms of your career and you had peaked at 28 or 29.

“Now I think you reach that stage a lot later and I’m feeling great.

“There is also the responsibility of leading the younger boys and showing them just how to do things and how to act — not just on the pitch but off it.

“This is my seventh season here and the older you get, playing a lot of games all helps.

“The little bit more responsibility you get is a natural progression of that.”