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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 May, 2003, 11:23 GMT 12:23 UK
Carroll wants number one spot
Roy Carroll in action for Man United
Carroll wants a chance to impress

Roy Carroll has claimed he is good enough to be Manchester United's first choice goalkeeper on a permanent basis.

The Northern Ireland international was surprisingly selected to play against Tottenham last Sunday, with Fabian Barthez dropped from the squad.

Barthez had two poor performances against Real Madrid and speculation is rife the France international will leave the club in the summer.

Several goalkeepers have since been linked with summer moves to Old Trafford, including Leeds' Paul Robinson and Southampton's Antti Niemi.

But Carroll, signed from Wigan for 1.5m in 2001, is hopeful of making the number one jersey his own.

"I know I am good enough to do the job," Carroll told MUTV.

"I was surprised to get picked on Sunday but these things happen in football and having been given a chance I wanted to prove I was up to the job.

"I was pleased with my performance and while I know there is a lot of speculation flying around, I just want to get on with my work and try to help the team win the title."

Meanwhile, Carroll is hoping to play his part between now and the end of the season as United close in on their eighth Premiership title.

"If we can win on Saturday it would put Arsenal under a lot of pressure," said Carroll.

"We have pulled back an eight-point lead over the last couple of months and everything is in our hands now."


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