United take on Real Madrid today in Skopje in a clash between the winners of Europe’s two club competitions – a fixture the Old Trafford club have not won since they first took part in 1991.
“It is hugely important,” he said. “It is a huge game. I don’t think you can underestimate what we’ve been through to get to this stage and to play this game.
“It is a big achievement to be part of it, so we are taking it very seriously.
“It is a massive trophy to win at the start of the season and it can kick-start your season. It would be terrific for us.
“It is not one I have managed to win and I’m not sure if anyone in our squad has, so we are all desperate to win it.”
Carrick will face increased competition for a place in the United midfield this season following the acquisition of Nemanja Matic from Chelsea, but the former West Ham and Tottenham man welcomed the arrival of the Serbia international.
“Nemanja Matic is a terrific player,” Carrick added. “He is a great signing and he knows what it takes to win. He has done that over recent times.
“I think it is important he knows the league and the English way and knows how tough the season is.”