Star admits frustration on sidelines...Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has vowed to be patient in his fight to get back into manager Sir Alex Ferguson's side.
Carrick, 29, has barely featured for the club since starting in the disappointing Champions League quarter-final, first leg defeat to Bayern Munich in April. Although picked for the Community Shield clash with Chelsea earlier this month, he was an unused substitute in last weekend's 2-2 draw at Fulham.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, the England international admitted he was prepared to bide his time despite the 'frustration' at being resigned to the substitute's bench.
"It's obviously frustrating not playing football, but it's a long season and I'm well aware of how strong a squad we've got," Carrick said.
"It's about being patient and trying to force my way back into the team. The manager trusts the squad he's got and we trust each other.
"It's important that we have the experienced players in the squad who have done it all before but that doesn't count for an awful lot going into the new season.
"It's going to be tough, as it is every year, but that's the challenge and that's why we're all at a club like United.
"Going into a new season, we're always confident we can go and win every competition we play in."