Michael Carrick is prepared to fight for his place at United after new additions

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Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has admitted he will have to battle for his place in the team following the new arrivals this summer.

However the England international has welcomed the competition for places at Old Trafford, saying it is good for the team.

United manager Louis van Gaal has added Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger to the midfield this summer for a combined fee of £40 million and the 34-year-old is excited about the new additions.


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As reported by Sky Sports, he said: "You want the best players here, and it's good for the squad, for the team, Morgan is good player. He has done terrific. It's another step for him in his career and there's no better place to be.

"We all know what Basti brings. He is a terrific player and he'll have a big influence on us going forward."

Carrick played a huge role in the United midfield last season as they finished fourth in the Premier League. His return to fitness coincided with the Red Devil's best run over form over the season.

United's results without the England star dipped massively, with none of the other midfield options in the squad being able to play the role that Carrick filled so successfully. 

However, it appears the former Tottenham Hotspur man is taking nothing for granted heading in to the new campaign, and knows he will have to keep his performances levels high to remain in the side.

Schneiderlin appears to be fitting into life at Old Trafford well following his £24m move for St Mary's, a headed goal on his debut in the 1-0 win over Club America was the perfect start to his pre-season.

But life on the pitch is not running so smoothly for Schweinsteiger, despite how happy he appears on social media. The World Cup winners' performance in the 3-1 win over San Jose Earthquakes was called into question by his manager and the injury problems that plagued him during his final years in Munich have showed minute signs of hindering his pre-season preparations. 

The former Bayern Munich man is fit again, having missed United's 3-1 win over Barcelona, to face PSG on Wednesday. A win would see the Red Devil's record a 100% record on their pre-season tour, however Carrick knows you can not read too much into results in these kind of games.

He said: "Tottenham on the first day of the season is where you're judged the most, and we're well aware of that even after three good results."

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