Michael Carrick says Manchester United shouldn’t be discounted as title challengers this season and warned rivals that United will be right in there if they’re near the top come the new year.
United’s form has taken a drastic upturn in fortune since Carrick returned from a long-term injury and the team have won five in a row including their first two away wins at Arsenal and Southampton respectively.
After a tough 2013/14 campaign and a tough start to life under Louis van Gaal, United had rather been dismissed as title challengers despite their current good run of form and their position as the third-placed team in the league.
But Louis van Gaal has refused to talk his team down as challengers to Man City and Chelsea and Carrick believes the manager is right to think of his men as contenders.
“(Last weekend) was a big weekend with Chelsea losing at Newcastle and other results going for us.
“I think with this squad that we have, which is gradually improving and building, anything can happen.”
United have a record of coming good during the second half of the season and on top of that, the England international believes United have overcome their sticky spell this season.
“It is all won and lost in the last two or three months of the season, so the aim is definitely to challenge.
“In seasons when we have been successful, there have been periods when things haven’t gone for us but we’ve found a way to get through it.
“I just feel the same as before – if we are near the top of the table after Christmas then we have a great shout of achieving something with the squad we’ve got.”