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Carrick won’t be motivated by revenge as United look to pile misery on Sunderland

Date Posted,April 7, 2017

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.

United had the title cruelly snatched away from them at the Stadium of Light in 2012

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.

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