Michael Carrick insists Manchester United aren’t far from clicking as a team this season, but admits recent results have been very frustrating.
Man United’s main aim this season is a Champions League qualification and although the side’s fixtures includes matches against Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Manchester City, he has not given up on a top four finish.
Jose Mourinho admits he could be forced to put more of an emphasis on the Europa League, especially following recent results in the Premier League, but confirmed he won’t give up on the league until a top four finish is mathematically impossible.
Speaking about the squad, Carrick believes there is plenty to build on from recent performances.
“People are saying about the Europa League maybe being the best chance for us but you cannot look at it like that,” he said. “Football is football and a lot can happen. There is no way we can give up on the top four.
“It is still close. Yeah, we have got a tough run-in but it is still close.
“It is frustrating. If we were really struggling football-wise and were miles away, then in some ways you can’t accept it but you can see why you are struggling.
“But we have been playing so well for so long it is just that edge, that little bit of something, to finish teams off.
“As a team and a squad, we’ll grow and develop that. There’s a lot of positives to take from our performances for some months now.”
The team could have easily been comfortably inside the Premier League top four had they remained clinical in front of goal, but recent results have left them behind.
There’s still a chance of the side finishing in the top four but the team need to pull together and fight for every point.