The midfielder is back in the spotlight after his season at Spurs and outstanding performances for England on the tour of America in the summer.
Most pundits described him as the big plus of the tour and Michael knows the pressure will be on to produce again to stay in Sven Goran Eriksson’s plans in World Cup year.
He said: “Maybe there is a little more attention but if you want to play at the top you set standards and you have to live up to them and take that responsibility.
“We had a decent season last season and this season we have to improve. We’re more settled going into this season, we know what’s required of us and it’s time to produce.”
With that in mind it’s a case of so far, so good with success in the Peace Cup in
South Korea and a 2-0 win against FC Porto before the big kick-off at Portsmouth on Saturday.
“Things have gone really well,” added Michael. “We’ve had some tough games and going to South Korea was a real test but we played well, especially against Lyon in the final.
“That has given us a lot of confidence as a team.
“Aside from our attacking play the way we defended and our play as a team showed we’ve all got an understanding of how Martin wants us to play.”
Michael Carrick is ready to up the ante on both team and personal fronts next season.