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Michael Carrick happy to fight for place in new-look Manchester United

By Staff Reporter

Michael Carrick has no qualms about fighting Bastian Schweinsteiger and Moran Schneiderlin for a place in the Manchester United first team this season.

After complaining about a lack of cover in midfield last season, United manager Louis van Gaal spent more than £40million on Schweinsteiger, who arrived from Bayern Munich, and former Southampton man Schneiderlin this summer.

That means Carrick is no longer the automatic pick he was last season.

The player, who turned 34 on Tuesday, has no problem competing with the new arrivals though. "You want the best players here, and it's good for the squad, for the team," Carrick said.

"Morgan is a good player. He has done terrific. It's another step for him in his career and there's no better place to be.

"We all know what Basti brings. He is a terrific player and he'll have a big influence on us going forward."

The German World Cup winner, however, has yet to start a game on United's American pre-season tour, with Van Gaal preferring to use Carrick and Schneiderlin as holding midfielders in the 4-2-3-1 formation he has used in the three games so far.

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