Manchester United are facing Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup, a trophy is at stake, a trophy the Red Devils haven’t won since 1991, and Michael Carrick made it very clear that United are taking this match very seriously.
It’s hugely important. I don’t think you can underestimate what we’ve been through to get to this stage and to play this game
the 36-year-old told reporters after United’s last training sessions before the match.
It is a big achievement to be part of it. So we are taking it very seriously. It is a massive trophy to win at the start of the season and it can kickstart your season. It would be terrific for us
the vastly experienced midfielder said, before pointing out that it’s a trophy United haven’t won in many years.
It is not one I have managed to win and not sure if anyone in our squad so we are all desperate to win it
Carrick said. Indeed, last time United won the Super Cup was in 1991, beating Red Star Belgrade 1-0. That game was held at Old Trafford, and United won thanks to a Brian McClair goal. They had won the Cup Winners’ Cup the season before, while Red Star had triumphed in the ‘European Cup’, as the Champions League used to be called back then.