Michael Carrick insists he won’t be motivated by revenge as he heads to Wearside looking to deal a mortal blow to Sunderland’s survival hopes.
Newcastle fan Carrick, born in Wallsend on Tyneside, was one of the Manchester United players who suffered heartbreak on the last day of the season five years ago when they were pipped to the title by rivals City.
Despite United winning 1-0 against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light a last-gasp injury-time goal by Sergio Aguero against QPR saw City win the 2012 title on goal difference.
As news that City were champions filtered through from the Etihad Stadium, United stars were taunted by gloating Sunderland fans.
But although Jose Mourinho’s men can inflict more relegation torment on David Moyes and his Black Cats, who are anchored to the bottom of the table, Carrick says helping send Sunderland down to the Championship isn’t on his agenda.
“In some ways it can spur you on but, at the same time, it’s a totally different game. On Sunday, it’s two different teams, two different managers and a different situation completely,” explained Carrick.
- Eden Hazard takes hilarious dizzy penalty – and D0:42
- Gareth Bale and Real Madrid train ahead of clash 1:01
- Watch in Full: Antonio Conte speaks ahead of Chel17:36
- Leicester complete signing of ‘new Jamie Vardy’ a0:27
- Jose Mourinho admits he has sympathy with struggl0:48
- Jose Mourinho claims he would rather be unbeaten 1:19
Stormzy gets star-struck meeting Michael Carrick
“Maybe the first time we went back after it, there was a little bit of feeling there, remembering what had happened but, at the same time, that’s just football.
“You have to get on with it and certainly going there on Sunday, I won’t have any feelings of that. I’ll be trying to forget what happened!”