Carrick impressed by Man Utd’s resilience after “shocking start”
After a “shocking start” to the season even Manchester United players are surprised by the resilience and speedy recovery the team has recorded. Manchester United’s midfield veteran Michael Carrick insists the Premier League champions are back on track for top drawer results.
With a 1-0 victory over Premier League leaders Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday, Manchester United have established that they are still in contention for the league title. Manchester United are currently undefeated in nine games in all competitions.
The Red Devils have won six of those nine games, and as they prepare for a trip to Cardiff City that figure along with their Premier League standing is expected to further increase. Manchester United jumped from the eighth spot to the fifth spot on Sunday.
Thanks to Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat against Sunderland and Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion, Manchester United have decreased the difference between their scores and those at the top of the table.
However, before their resurgent form Manchester United had kicked off their season with three defeats in six games, their worst start in the Premier League in over a decade.
“After a shocking start we are not in a bad position,” Carrick said. “We never really got too despondent. We were frustrated with our performances and results. But you have to stay patient and trust yourself. We knew there was a long way to go. There still is a long way to go.
“In some ways we probably didn't think a few weeks ago we would be in this position quite as quickly. At the same time, we are not in bad shape at the moment. It is so early anyway.”
Carrick, who was Manchester United’s Player of the Year last season, claims he has never been troubled by criticism during his spell at Manchester United. The English midfielder just recently pulled out of the friendlies with Chile and Germany because of an Achilles’ injury.
“It is easy to jump on the bandwagon when we have lost a game or two and people are saying it is all wrong. We knew that wasn't the case,” Carrick added.
“You can take it as a compliment in some ways because of what we have done over the years. When we are not at the top, because of our recent run in the league, people are asking questions and criticizing. In some ways it is fair. In some ways we take it with a pinch of salt. We look at how we deal with it from within.”