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Carrick ready for City test

Michael Carrick is desperate to ensure Manchester United's fans do not suffer again in Tuesday's derby.

United have endured a miserable campaign and one of the lowest points came earlier this month when they were beaten 3-0 by fierce rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Carrick understands the pain the supporters went through as he insists there was a similar sense of frustration within the squad, but he is in determined mood ahead of the midweek encounter with neighbours Manchester City.

United have bounced back from their defeat by Brendan Rodgers' Reds with wins against Olympiakos and West Ham United, and Carrick believes they can now put a dent in City's title bid.

"It was a bad day for us and we suffered just as much as the fans," Carrick said in The Sun regarding the Liverpool loss.

"It's horrible after a game like that. The dressing room was as you'd expect, really.

"We were very disappointed and frustrated. You don't watch the telly or leave the house for a couple of days if you can help it.

"You suffer from those results just like everybody else. Thankfully, we had a game to look forward to pretty quickly so that helped to give us something else to focus on.

"But something like that, losing against Liverpool at home, hurts badly. We're well aware of what those games mean to everyone and, believe me, it means the same to the players.

"But we can't go into Tuesday thinking about previous weeks."

Carrick is wary of the threat posed by Manchester City but is confident United can gain revenge for a 4-1 defeat at the Etihad Stadium earlier in the season.

He added: "We understand the fans and the result they want, and for us as players it's exactly the same.

"I've been part of this club for a long time now and you know what means a lot. This is certainly one of them.

"We'll go into the City game looking forward to it. It's obviously a tough game but it's a tough game for both teams."