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Carrick targets early qualification

Midfielder Michael Carrick has urged his Manchester United team-mates to finish the job in Europe and give their Premier League chances a massive boost

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The Red Devils midfielder could be forced to play at centre-back when Sir Alex Ferguson's side host Braga tonight in the Champions League at Old Trafford.
It does help the league form if you can get through early.Michael Carrick
United have taken maximum points so far from their two group games and another win against the Portuguese outfit will leave them on the verge of qualifying for the next stage with something to spare.
And Carrick is of the belief the Red Devils could then reap the benefits in the league with the pressure firmly off their backs, having fallen at the first hurdle last season.
The England man insists: "It does help the league form if you can get through early. The manager can change things around and he can rest players.
"He can use the squad and give players game time. The pressure is off. He can start planning ahead knowing the next stage is already secure. It is not always possible.
"Sometimes it can go down to the last game, which in itself is not always a bad thing.
"Overall, though, it is better to get it done and dusted."
United are 1.40 to see off Braga, 7.00 to triumph by a 2-0 scoreline and 2.10 to keep a clean sheet.

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