Michael Carrick is "desperate" to end the season - and perhaps his Manchester United career - with Europa League glory.

Last week's 1-0 win in Spain puts Jose Mourinho's men in the driving seat heading into the second leg of their semi-final against Celta Vigo at Old Trafford.

Carrick tasted continental triumph as part of United's triumphant Champions League side in 2008 and now has the Europa League in his cross hairs.

"I'm personally desperate to get to the final and to try and win it," said the 35-year-old, whose United contract expires this summer. "That's the only thing that matters.

"Whatever competition you're in, especially at this club, with the team we've got, we're looking to win it. It's a great opportunity.

"We'll respect who is left in the competition - it's not going to be easy and we're not taking anything for granted at all - but that's got to be the aim. There's nothing else that matters."

Carrick cannot wait to step out at Old Trafford - a stadium "made for big games" - on Thursday night.

The experienced midfielder fondly recalled home Champions League wins against Barcelona and Roma and clearly believes United will soon be back at European's top table under Mourinho.

While United have struggled in the Premier League this term, the Portuguese could end his first season in the hot seat with a third trophy.

"He's a winner," Carrick told UEFA.com. "He's won everywhere he's been, so that's almost enough.

"He's certainly got the respect of the players and everyone in football because he's been so successful.

"However he's done that, you've got to look and learn from it. He's like us - we all want to win and we all want to lift trophies."

Put to the midfielder there is a sense of better things to come under Mourinho, the midfielder added: "Yes. He's leading it, he's the manager, he's guiding us through and guiding the club through.

"There have been a lot of positive things to take from this season: the consistency of the team, the general performance.

"There's real confidence approaching the end of the season and looking ahead to next season."

United appeared to have no fresh fitness concerns as they trained today.

The only senior players absent were those expected not to feature - the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Tim Fosu-Mensah and Ashley Young.

Marouane Fellaini is available for Thursday's match at Old Trafford, having been ruled out of the 2-0 Premier League loss at Arsenal on Sunday by his domestic suspension.

Along with Fellaini, also taking part in Wednesday's session was fellow midfielder Paul Pogba, shortly after FIFA announced it is examining the France international's £89million transfer to United from Juventus last summer.

Red Devils boss Mourinho is set to shuffle his starting line-up having made eight changes for the Arsenal match in order to give some of his players rest and protection ahead of the second leg against Celta.

The likes of Pogba, Daley Blind and Eric Bailly, who were unused substitutes at the Emirates Stadium, and Marcus Rashford, the match-winner in leg one who came off the bench on Sunday, are expected to return to the first XI.

Antonio Valencia is set to be involved having been left out of the squad entirely for Sunday's match.