Carrick happy Man Utd have found a way to “bounce back”
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick believes his side has the opportunity to “bounce back” after picking up a 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. David Moyes’ men went to the Hawthorns to record a strong win after a run of poor performances.
The Scotsman fielded a strong side for the low-ranked minnows of the Premier League and found side on top with the first goal arriving through Phil Jones. Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck added two more in the second half of the game and soon enough it looked like Manchester United were sailing towards a win without a glitch.
It was a performance that Manchester United hasn’t been able to perform for ages. It might be a result of the embarrassing 2-0 loss to Olympiakos on Manchester United’s trip to Greece a couple of weeks ago, but the important thing was that the Premier League champions finally showed direction and a unity on the pitch.
Carrick believes the win will be a huge boost for Manchester United as the club is hosting Liverpool next weekend before inviting Olympiakos to Old Trafford for the second leg of the last-16 Champions League tie.
“It was an important day for us, we had to bounce back,” Carrick told the Manchester Untied’s official website. “It feels like such a long time since the last game [against Olympiakos] before the international matches, so we had to perform and really show that we are a good team.
“I thought we scored at crucial times in the game to really take control of it. It’s been frustrating this season because, at times, performance-wise we have controlled matches and haven’t come away with the results we wanted. You strive for the performances and want the results to follow, today it did.
“We looked really dangerous going forward, we had really good penetration through the pitch and caused them problems all afternoon. We looked exciting going forward.”
Manchester United’s problems no longer appeared to be in attack as Moyes’ tactics finally seemed to be working. The midfield was clogged and clueless either. The defense once again had a couple of close calls, but all seemed well generally.
Carrick operated in the midfield along with Marouane Fellaini, but received plenty of help from Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata. It finally appeared as if Moyes had figured out the formula to success, but his real test are yet to come with matches in the big four and competition from the Champions League.