Competition in the squad is for the good of the team - Michael Carrick.

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick believes the competition for places in the Reds squad is good for the team and he is happy not to play all the time if it’s for the good of the team.

The England international has been used as a substitute on occasions, against Newcastle at Old Trafford last weekend and most recently against the Swans in Wales were Louis van Gaal's men lost 2-1 on Sunday.

The arrival of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin this summer has increased the competition in midfield as the United boss is keen on rotating his side as he season grows.

"For the squad to have competition and for the manager to be able to pick and choose in certain games based on fitness and freshness for example, it’s a strong position to be in," Carrick told MUTV before their defeat to Swansea on Sunday.

"It’s tough to pick the same team week in, week out, but I think you can only do it for so long before it hits you further down the line.

"It’s about keeping everyone fresh and on top form. If you’ve got to sit out, it’s not nice as a player because you want to play every game, but you’ve got to understand that it can’t happen every week – I certainly understand that now. It’s for the good of the team and, come the end of the season, hopefully we’ll all be successful together."



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