Michael Carrick admits he is pleased to be a part of Upton Park farewell

Michael Carrick 2012

The Manchester United and former West Ham midfielder will take part in the final competitive match at his old home ground tonight.

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has admitted to MUTV, as quoted by the London Evening Standard, that it will be "nice" to be part of the farewell match at his old home Upton Park when his side line up against West Ham United tonight.

Carrick came through the Hammers academy and began his career at the club, playing 159 times and building a reputation as one of the finest young talents in English football before moving across London to Tottenham Hotspur in 2004.

Now 34, the midfielder will return to Upton Park for one last time tonight when his United side face off against their rivals for a European spot in the penultimate fixture of the season.

The England international admitted that it is time for his old club to leave their traditional home behind for bigger and better things, but revealed he is pleased to have the chance to play a part in saying goodbye to the traditional old ground.

Carrick told MUTV, as quoted by the Standard: "It’s probably time for them to move on. I must admit I preferred the older Upton Park when it was much tighter, when it was more intimidating and more hostile.

"It’s a big deal, having been there so for long and having so many memories. It’s a massive night for them. I’ve got some great memories there. I can look back and it’s nice that I’ll be a part of it and nice to say farewell to Upton Park."

Though it is sure to an emotional occasion at Upton Park tonight, what happens on the pitch has great importance for both sides at this late stage of the season.

The Hammers' stop-six hopes would be hanging by a thread if they are beaten by the visitors, whilst three points for United would see them leapfrog rivals Manchester City into fourth place with just one fixture left to play.

In contrast, a home win would leave United's hopes of Champions league qualification all but finished, but would move West Ham up into sixth and to within a point of the Red Devils.

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