Michael Carrick insists Manchester United are getting their season back on track following victory over Northampton Town in the League Cup.
A promising start – which saw Man United pick up four straight wins – under Jose Mourinho was quickly forgotten following defeats to Manchester City, Feyenoord and Watford in the space of eight days.
United received some much-needed respite from ignominy on Wednesday with a comfortable 3-1 over Northampton.
Carrick, instrumental in the victory over Rob Page’s side, believes the victory signals the beginning of a resurgence from Mourinho’s side.
“I’m desperate to win trophies,” he said.
“That’s why we’re here and it’s why I’m still playing. We’ve said from day one of this season that we want to be challenging at the end of it.
“We had a setback last week, but it’s not going to finish off our season. It’s about how we react to it. We had a good start with the first three or four games of the season and we want to get back to winning. We did that tonight.
“It’s a big game on Saturday and we want to get our season back on the right road. Come the end of the season we want to be challenging.”
Rolling over a League One side is always nice, of course, but it hardly signals a radical resurgence in form. There were moments where the insecurity and dysfunction that enshrouded recent defeats crept into United’s performance, acting as a chilling reminder to Mourinho and Co of the various inadequacies still engrained in the side.
That said, the confidence gained from what turned out to be a comfortable victory is invaluable, especially in the wake of a tumultuous week for Mourinho’s men.