Michael Carrick: Arsenal want revenge

Carrick: Arsenal want revenge after 8-2 drubbing United dished out in August

Michael Carrick admits revenge may be Arsenal's prime motivation when they face Manchester United on Sunday.

The Barclays Premier League giants meet at the Emirates Stadium for the first time since that astonishing 8-2 triumph for United in August.

And the sheer magnitude of that scoreline may be a factor in the Gunners' approach.

Killer Carrick: The United midfielder is wary of Arsenal's desire for revenge

Killer Carrick: The United midfielder is wary of Arsenal's desire for revenge

'Maybe,' said Carrick when asked if Arsenal would be out for revenge.

'They didn't start the season too well but they are still up there. Arsenal against Manchester United is always a massive game. They will want to win and so will we.'

It is not so much a case of the Red Devils wanting to win. /01/20/article-2089284-1160DA31000005DC-403_468x309.jpg” width=”468″ height=”309″ alt=”Red alert: United demolished the Gunners at Old Trafford last August” class=”blkBorder” />

Red alert: United demolished the Gunners at Old Trafford last August

Red alert: United demolished the Gunners at Old Trafford last August

It is a challenge United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will relish. Now 70, Ferguson claims to have mellowed over the years, a stance the likes of Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville agree with.

However, the Scot's temper can quickly boil over if he feels his team are not reaching the performance levels he demands.

And Nani, on his day a world-class talent but infuriatingly inconsistent, knows he irritates his boss more than most.

'I get it a lot, it's normal,' the Portuguese winger said. 'He expects more from me, so sometimes he comes to me and says something.'

Gr-eight day: United cruised past Arsenal at Old Trafford

Gr-eight day: United cruised past Arsenal at Old Trafford

Not that it means Nani respects Ferguson any less. After almost 40 years as a manager, 25 of which have been spent at United, the former Sporting Lisbon player knows the Scot is the master of man-management.

'No one understands it like Alex Ferguson,' he said. 'Everyone knows him in Portugal, and talk a lot talk about him.

'Everyone knows the way he works is fantastic and the young lads improve a lot.'