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The Red Devils midfielder has poured scorn on the praise being afforded to him for his performances this campaign, arguing his form has always remained consistent

Michael Carrick has denied his performances this season for both Manchester United and England have improved markedly this season.

Carrick has been praised consistently for his displays in the middle of the park for United, and was voted the club's Player of the Year by his team-mates.

However, speaking to reporters, the former West Ham and Tottenham man refuted claims that his form has been significantly superior in the last 12 months.

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"It slightly amuses me when I see or hear people saying different things [about me], as if I have suddenly appeared from nowhere," he offered.

"I have maybe played a little bit better than I have done in the past, but I have been happy with my form for a long time really.

"A couple of people say something and it snowballs from there. Obviously you have to be doing things right on the pitch, but it is slightly strange how it has come about this season."

Carrick's displays have also seen him break back into the England squad after being left out of Roy Hodgson's Euro 2012 squad on grounds of miscommunication.

But ahead of the upcoming friendly with Brazil at the Maracana, insists he is focused on the future, and helping England return to Rio next year for the World Cup.

"What's done is done, whether it's good, bad or indifferent, it's about the next challenge and making the most of that challenge," he added.

"The next challenge is to qualify for the World Cup and then to make your mark as a team.

"Looking back doesn't really help you or achieve much, you should only do that when you're retired and have your slippers on."