Carrick contemplates another double

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Michael Carrick believes it would mean even more for Manchester United to complete the Premier League-Champions League double this season than last term.

After confirming superiority over their domestic rivals for the third season on the trot last weekend, United are preparing for Wednesday's eagerly anticipated showdown with Barcelona in Rome knowing they can become the first side ever to retain the Champions League trophy.

"If we did the double again this year, it would be more special," said the England midfielder.

"It was almost unbelievable to do it last year. To do it two years on the bounce would suggest we are a great team.

"Teams have won Champions Leagues in the past but if you do it alongside winning your domestic league, twice, it really suggests you have something good going."

It is that aura of being a super club which so many of Carlos Tevez's team-mates hope will be a persuasive force to keep the Argentina star at Old Trafford on a permanent basis once his two-year loan deal expires in two games' time.

Winning next week would clearly be a big help as well, reviving the jubilation experienced in Moscow, the drug Carrick cannot get enough of.

"The feeling of winning drives you," said the former Tottenham player.

"That feeling when you have been successful and you are going to lift the trophy becomes addictive. Nothing can replace that feeling. The buzz after Moscow last season was incredible.

"I would say if we do it again this year it would be even better, just because we have done it before and know how tough it is to win it."

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