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Man United midfielder aiming to secure Euro 2016 spot

Michael Carrick has set his sights on earning a place in Roy Hodgson's Euro 2016 squad.

United have looked better with Carrick in the team this season. Credit: PA

Carrick is likely to be included in Hodgson's squad for the upcoming qualifiers against San Marino and Switzerland, which will be named on Tuesday afternoon.

After a season interrupted by injury, the Manchester United midfielder found his way back into the England squad in the Spring and impressed during the 4-0 win over Lithuania and the creditable 1-1 draw against Italy in Turin.

With Jack Wilshere out through yet another ankle injury, Carrick has a chance to stake his claim for a place in England's midfield over the next few weeks.

And after missing out on Euro 2012 and last year's World Cup, the 34-year-old is determined to make the cut for next summer's tournament in France.

Carrick said:

Of course I would like to go. I have been involved in the squad since the World Cup. I am looking to stay involved as much as I can.

It is down to me to play enough here and play well enough to warrant a place.

– Man United midfielder Michael Carrick

Photo: David de Gea watches Man United from stands

David de Gea again took up his seat in the Manchester United directors box for today's match against Newcastle.

Rumours that De Gea will join Real Madrid before Tuesday's deadline day persist even though Louis van Gaal has ruled out selling the goalkeeper.

He has not played for the Red Devils this season because Van Gaal doesn't feel he is in the correct frame of mind.

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Chelsea forward Pedro 'almost' joined Man United

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says a 60-second conversation was all that was required to convince Pedro to sign for the Premier League champions.

Mourinho hijacked Man United's move for Pedro. Credit: PA

Mourinho became aware of the availability of the Spain forward on Monday and Chelsea signed him for £21m on Thursday, swooping swiftly for a player Manchester United had pursued for around a month.

The World Cup winner joined Baba Rahman, a left-back signed from Augsburg, in moving to Chelsea in the wake of the 3-0 loss at Manchester City.

Both could make their debuts in Sunday's match at West Brom as Chelsea bid to recover from their worst start to a season in 17 years.

"For me, it was one minute," said Mourinho, before recalling the conversation.

"'Is it true that you want to leave Barcelona?' 'Yes, it's true. I love it here. It's my home, but it's time for me to move.' 'Did you sign already for another club?' 'Almost, but not yet.' 'Do you want to come here?' 'Yes, I want.'

"I told people in the club 'it's over to you'. (But) I thought he would never leave Barcelona."

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