Carrick focused on United task

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Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is focused on tonight's clash against Chelsea and is ready to put in a performance at Stamford Bridge.

The England international has played down the relevance of the Red Devils' penalty shoot-out victory against Chelsea in 2008, describing the Moscow final as a 'one-off' that has long been forgotten.

"It's too long ago now. That's a one-off game - it's totally different. We're not taking anything from that. I don't think it matters, to be honest," said Carrick.

What is of much greater relevance is United's recent run of results at Stamford Bridge, with Sir Alex Ferguson's side failing to earn positive results despite decent performances against their rivals in west London.

Michael Owen spoke yesterday on how the club's luck could change for the better at the Bridge tonight, and Carrick is confident the Red Devils can put in a performance to be proud of in the Champions League quarter-final.


"We've actually played all right at times but it doesn't count for anything. Hopefully we can get the right result to take back," the midfielder continued.

"We know each other so well. It's going to be a tight game. The first leg sets it up, especially away from home for us. We're going there with confidence but we know it's going to be a tough game."

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