Carrick expresses relief and reserves praise for Scholes

30 April 2008
Michael Carrick expressed his sense of relief after Manchester United overcame Barcelona to reach their first Champions League final since 1999. A thunderbolt from Paul Scholes after 14 minutes was all that separated the sides, setting up what will be a historic all-English final in Moscow next month.Afterwards Carrick said: "It's (the dressing room) a happy place I can tell you that!

"It's as much relief as anything. We put so much pressure on ourselves to achieve big things.

"We were so desperate to get to the final and win it. We knew it was going to be tough but we've made it."

Carrick reserved special praise for the evergreen Scholes, whose outstanding goal proved to be the decisive moment in the tie.

"It was an awesome strike," he said. "I've seen him do it many times in training. I've watched him do it a few times here as well. I think that has to be up there with one of his best, especially in a game of this magnitude.

"To cap off a night like this with a goal of that quality was brilliant."