Date: 31st July 2006 at 7:43pm
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Frank Lampard senior, who coached Michael Carrick at West Ham, says he will grow as a player at Manchester United.

Carrick, who is on the verge of a £18.7million move to Old Trafford as he has apparently passed his medical, should be unveiled in red any day soon.

Lampard told BBC Sport:

‘No disrespect to Spurs but he will have to push himself at United because he’s stepping up a level and there will be demands on him all the time. When you’re training with world-class players every day, you learn from them. If you have got the capabilities – which Michael certainly has – then you adapt and lift your level.’

He also says that he will become ‘more of an all-round player.’ Adding ‘He might be asked to get forward more and score goals, or become more of a ball winner. Having worked closely with him, I know he’s capable of doing that. It was clear from the first time I saw Michael train that he was a rare talent. The main thing that struck me about him was he always looked like he had time on the ball. That might not sound like much, but it’s something only a few players have.’