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Experience will prove crucial in this season's race for the Barclays Premier League title. And that's where Manchester United have the edge, says their England midfielder, Michael Carrick.

Most of the Manchester United squad have experience of lifting the Premier League trophy, which will be priceless as the season approaches its climax - according to Michael Carrick, who tasted title success in his first season at Old Trafford.

“We know how to kick it over the finishing line,†Carrick told Manchester United Radio.

“Hopefully last season's success will benefit us this time around. You can always call on experience to help you through the tough times and this squad has plenty of that.

“I think we have the edge in terms of that and I think we're the best team. Hopefully time will prove that.â€

United have a massively significant challenge tonight when Bolton Wanderers visit Old Trafford. It is a local derby and the Trotters are fighting for their Premier League existence, but a United win would send them three points clear of Arsenal (and possibly Chelsea, who could join the Gunners tonight on 67 points by beating Tottenham at White Hart Lane) at the top of the table, with all three rivals having then played 30 games each.

But the fact that Bolton are struggling in the bottom three makes them more rather than less dangerous adversaries, especially bearing in mind that earlier this season they inflicted a defeat on United at the Reebok.

“We went there and they gave us a tough game – they beat us – so we're not underestimating Bolton,†said Geordie Carrick, who is enjoying life at his third club after starting his career with West Ham and then moving to Tottenham.

“They're fighting for their lives and we want to win every game. If we play close to our best then we hould win the match.â€
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