Manchester United latest: Howard compares Barkley to Rooney, Carrick's bold claim

Michael Carrick

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Ross Barkley

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has compared Ross Barkley to Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney.

"He is special. He has a lot to learn but the thing I love about Ross - which I have not seen in a ton of other players and I think that is why he gets named with some of the best - is he is fearless," the Everton goalkeeper told reporters.

"In this country, Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard, those guys were throwing fire in their teens and early 20s and they flourished and that is why Ross is special."

Michael Carrick

Meanwhile, Man United midfielder Michael Carrick has added his name to the endless list of people who believe Louis van Gaal's side can still win the Premier League title.

"I don't want to say we are going to win the league but, certainly at this point, it is what we are aiming to do," Carrick told the Daily Telegraph. "We are not just looking to be happy for top three or top four.

"We want to be looking, over Christmas and into January, to be up there and then taking from there. But winning the league has to be the aim."

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