Michael Carrick insists Manchester United is the only club for him.

It is only two years since Carrick joined the Red Devils from Tottenham in a £18million deal, yet already the midfielder is ready to sign a long-term contract extension.

Together with Rio Ferdinand and Wes Brown, the Wallsend-born star only needs to sign the deal that has been agreed with Old Trafford chief executive David Gill.

And there is nowhere else Carrick would prefer to be.

"Manchester United is the best club," said the 27-year-old.

"It is about the way we play and the size of the club; the whole set-up really.

"When you get here, you see how the club runs and what it is all about. To have the pleasure to play here is amazing."

With Ferguson intent on bringing in even more new talent this summer, it is little wonder Carrick is so happy to remain with United.

Victory over Blackburn this evening will take the Red Devils within touching distance of back-to-back league titles, while a Champions League semi-final with Barcelona on Wednesday has mouth-watering appeal across Europe.

"This is the time you want to be playing when big games pop around and the trophies are being handed out," said Carrick.

"I want to get my hands on them.

"In terms of the title we are in the driving seat, especially as Chelsea slipped up against Wigan.

"It won't count for much unless we win. But we know if we get those two victories, we will win the league, which is a pretty nice incentive."

Having run out of bodies last term Ferguson finds he has plenty of options this time around, so Nemanja Vidic and Nani return to duty easing any concern over minor knocks to Anderson and Owen Hargreaves.

Certainly Ferguson has no fears about a trip to Ewood Park.

While Liverpool, Arsenal and, to a lesser extent, Chelsea frequently come away from visits to Blackburn and Bolton complaining about opposition tactics, United just tend to get on with the job of trying to win.

"The secret is in the character, determination and attitude of your players," said Ferguson.

"Maybe if I had a different set of players, we could be beaten before we got to the game but I don't have any problems, I am delighted with the players I am taking.

"Blackburn is not an easy place to go to but with four games to go, do we expect an easy game?"

Ferdinand hopes to finish his career at Manchester United.

"I get chills and tingles down my spine just thinking about being at United for 11 years," the defender told the Manchester Evening News.

"If you'd said at the start of my career that I could one day be a United player for 11 years I would have bitten your hand off. The thought of that is great.

"I hope this new one is not my last contract. I would like to sign more because that would mean more years here and more time at the club I love and enjoy playing for."