Carrick: We’ll respect Crawley

Few expect non-league Crawley to survive in the FA Cup beyond

7.15pm, once their dream date at Old Trafford is over. Yet, whilst

Carrick was not around when Exeter and Burton both claimed replays

against Sir Alex Ferguson’s multi-million pound side, he has no

wish to be on the wrong end of one of the biggest shocks in the

competition’s history. “I smiled when the draw came out,” said

Carrick. “It’s a classic draw and one that a lot of people probably

wanted to see. It’s one of those great things the FA Cup is capable

of throwing up. “A lot of people are going to have a great day.

“But for us it is about getting through to the next round. “We will

give Crawley the respect they deserve and we are certainly not

taking the game lightly. “But we do believe, if we play well we

will win.” As it turned out, drawing with Exeter was the first step

towards an appearance in the final. However then, just as in 2007,

United fell at the final hurdle, meaning they are still to follow

their 2004 triumph over Millwall at the Millennium Stadium, which

creates that hole in so many medal collections. “That is the one

that is missing,” confirmed Carrick. “I am desperate to win it and

there are a number of lads who haven’t won the FA Cup either, so it

is the same for them. “It is a competition we take seriously. When

you play for this club no matter what game you play in it’s about

winning and playing well. That is what we will be striving to do

against Crawley.” Ferguson has pledged to play a similar strength

side to the one he used at Southampton in the previous round this

evening, which points towards the introduction of Gabriel Obertan

and Bebe. Anders Lindegaard is set to make his home debut, whilst

Wes Brown and John O’Shea could also be used in a defence lacking

injured duo Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans. Javier Hernandez will

occupy one of the starting berths, although any involvement for

Ryan Giggs is set to be limited to the substitutes’ bench, even

though the 37-year-old has pocketed a one-year contract extension.

“You run out of words to describe Ryan Giggs,” said Ferguson. “He

is a marvellous player and a wonderful man. To have the desire and

the ability to play at the top level in such a physically demanding

position at his age requires a special person.”