Carrick defends Man Utd teammates as commitment comes into question
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick insists the club’s poor run of form is not because of lack of commitment. The English midfielder shrugged off suggestion that players at Old Trafford are no longer concerned about Manchester United.
Carrick, who scored against Fulham in the 2-2 draw on Sunday, defended his teammates after social media platforms decided to lambast against Manchester United for their abysmal performances as of late.
The Red Devils are currently positioned seventh on the Premier League table and have fallen nine points behind fourth-placed Liverpool. The Premier League champions have 21 lesser points than what they had accumulated at this time of the year.
Manchester United’s poor form has brought forth suggestion that the club is underachieving and that the players lack commitment and honest efforts to help the club succeed. Carrick is adamant that all players in the team are working hard for better results and Manchester United will soon witness the change they had been hoping for.
“Of course the players care,” Carrick said. “It is the pride we have in ourselves and each other. No-one wants to go through a spell when people are questioning you and things are going wrong. But we have had enough success over the years that we retain a belief in ourselves even when things are not going so well.
“We keep trying to do the right things and in the end, you think it will pay off for you. We thought it had but it wasn't to be. It isn't for the want of trying. It is not a case of not caring. We care just as much, if not more, than anybody else.”
Having won a total of five Premier League titles over the span of seven seasons at Manchester United, Carrick is considered to be a veteran in the league. The England international admits this has been a tough year for Manchester United, but the Premier League champions were raring to make a comeback.
Carrick suggests success came easily to Manchester United in the past couple of years. The 32-year-old midfielder believes the Red Devils will have to work harder to attain such achievements in the future.
The former Southampton midfielder also admitted that Manchester United would have to work very hard to become the football giants they once were, especially with the rise in power of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City.