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Carrick: No complancency

Carrick: No complancency (©PAphotos)
Carrick: No complancency (©PAphotos).

Michael Carrick is adamant there will be no complacency from Manchester United as he attempts to take another step towards filling the gap in his impressive medal collection.

Few expect non-league Crawley to survive in the FA Cup beyond 7.15pm, once their dream date at Old Trafford is over and Carrick has no wish to be on the wrong end of one of the biggest shocks in the competition's history.

"I smiled when the draw came out," said Carrick. "It's a classic draw and one that a lot of people probably wanted to see. It's one of those great things the FA Cup is capable of throwing up. But for us it is about getting through to the next round."

"We will give Crawley the respect they deserve and we are certainly not taking the game lightly. But we do believe, if we play well we will win."

United are still to follow their 2004 triumph over Millwall in the FA Cup at the Millennium Stadium, which creates that hole in so many medal collections.

"That is the one that is missing," confirmed Carrick.

"I am desperate to win it and there are a number of lads who haven't won the FA Cup either, so it is the same for them.

"It is a competition we take seriously. When you play for this club no matter what game you play in it's about winning and playing well. That is what we will be striving to do against Crawley."

Sir Alex Ferguson has pledged to play a similar strength side to the one he used at Southampton in the previous round, which points towards the introduction of Gabriel Obertan and Bebe.

Anders Lindegaard is set to make his home debut, whilst Wes Brown and John O'Shea could also be used in a defence lacking injured duo Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans.

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