The Red Devils’ midfielder Michael Carrick is of the opinion that the team is still very much in contention for the title this season and is too early to write them off despite dropping eight points behind leaders, Liverpool in the Premier League. Manchester United have mixed result with new manager Jose Mourinho at the helm of affairs and have often been criticized for their lack of attacking style of play in front of the goal, having scored 16 times in their 11 encounters so far in the tournament.
“We want to be at the top challenging. We’ve had some ups and downs along the way, it’s not to say that we’ve given up on winning things just yet,” Carrick was quoted as saying to Sky Sports.
“It’s too early for that and we’ve got too much quality and too much of a good team and squad to give up on anything.”
“We just don’t feel we’ve got the results our performances have warranted; we know it can change… there’s still so much to play for and we still believe that when it comes near the end and when it counts we’ll be right up there.”
United next face an Arsenal test at Old Trafford on Saturday, and Carrick is of the hope that most players from the team hit the purple patch and put on resolute display of skills and dominate the game against the Gunners.
“Arsenal have got some really good players. When it clicks for them they are a very dangerous team and they’ve shown in their start to the season how dangerous they can be,” he added
“But I think we can be quite dangerous as well and we probably haven’t quite clicked into top gear which, in some ways is a good thing, because we know there’s plenty to come.”
He also rued about the fact that there has been a dearth of playing opportunities for him on a personal level. In fact, Manchester United have won all their six games in which the mid fielder was involved this season.
However, when it comes to the Premier League,the 35-year old has been left out of the scheme of things by Jose Mourinho, starting just once in the 3-1 win against Swansea City.
“I haven’t played nowhere near as much as I have wanted to play, but I understand the situation. It’s about finishing the season strong and being successful as a squad. Whatever my contribution is, whether it’s big or it’s little, then I’m ready to make it,” he was quoted as saying to the Daily Star in a recent interview.