As Top EPL Clash Beckons: Carrick Dreads United’s Clash With Arsenal

Michael Carrick says clashes with Arsenal are always worth looking forward to – but the Manchester United midfielder admits the Gunners can be “very dangerous at any given time.”

The 35-year-old, who captained the Reds in last season’s corresponding fixture, is preparing for his 23rd meeting against Arsene Wenger’s side as a United player this Saturday.

Carrick discussed the “great intensity” of the matches in an exclusive interview for United Review, the official match programme. The midfielder has particularly fond memories of the 2009 title-clinching game at Old Trafford and the Champions League semi-final in the same year, and he hopes Saturday’s encounter can bring another positive result for his side.

“We’ve had many good games with them over the years, with some ups and downs, but it’s always one we look forward to,” said Carrick.

“Arsenal have always had teams that play such good football and they’re the type of team that you can never switch off against. It’s that style of play they have, of playing in and around the box, and they’re very good with their short passing. They can be very dangerous at any given time.

“Generally the matches between us have always been really good games of football. Hard-fought but honest games and the respect is there between the two clubs and the two teams.”

As for the broader picture, Carrick recognises this could be a key opportunity for United to play catch up in the Premier League – not just on Saturday against Arsenal but in the fixtures that follow.

“This is a massive time to get some momentum because it rolls on from week to week with no breaks now,” he added. “The double-header internationals made the season a bit stop-start, but now is the time to really kick on. Momentum is the key word at this stage, up to Christmas and through that period.”

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