Reports are out claiming that Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is delighted to have reached the FA Cup semis.
Carrick is yet to win the Cup.
“I’m delighted. It means a lot,” he told MUTV.
“I’m desperate to go further in this competition.
“It was a long last ten minutes in the match, but we got there. We defended well enough and David’s [De Gea] helped us. We probably should have been comfortable really, the way the game went for us in the second half, but we’ll take that.”
The midfielder was in the United side which lost the 2007 final to Chelsea in extra-time and while he didn’t play in the semi-final defeat to Everton in 2009, he admits that loss still hurts.
“We were talking about that [Everton] before the game actually, a couple of the boys,” said Carrick. “We felt that was one that got away from us. We haven’t done well enough in this competition over recent years and we’re well aware of that. We’re desperate to go all the way this time.
“It’s been a season of setbacks and then good results, it’s so frustrating but we keep trying to get that consistency. We have a couple of good games and then a bad one sets us back.
“This is an opportunity for us now, it’s a one-off game. We’ll go down there and look forward to it but getting to Wembley is not the end. It’s a semi-final so we haven’t achieved anything yet.”