Michael Carrick says it is not a surprise that the eyes of the footballing world will be on Manchester this season, as both United and City look to challenge for the title.
The two sides were due to come face-to-face on Monday in a friendly match in Beijing, before the game was cancelled to due recent weather events. The first derby of 2016/17 is set to take place 10th September in the Premier League instead.
Both Manchester clubs underachieved last season under the managements of Louis Van Gaal and Manuel Pellegrini, but with Jose Mourinho and Pep Gaurdiola now at the helms of each, the upcoming derbies this term are a mouth-watering prospect.
Speaking exclusively to MUTV, Carrick said: “It’s exciting and interesting, not just for us being involved but for everyone else looking in to see how it’s going to go.”
“There will be a lot of focus on both clubs and we will battle it out to see who finishes on top. Both teams look in good shape with two top managers. We will certainly be better than last season and looking to be a lot stronger and getting back to the top.” Quote via skysports.
The midfielder confirmed he is feeling okay after missing the defeat to Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai following a knock on his knee during training from Paddy McNair.
The 35-year- old feels preparations for the new campaign have gone well so far, with an opportunity for some important bonding with the new manager.
“It’s gone well in terms of what we want to get out of the trip. The Dortmund game was disappointing, but training has gone well.”
“It’s all about getting your fitness work in and also getting to know the manager, the staff and the new players. It has been a really good bonding exercise, which has gone well.”