Manchester United are currently sixth in the Premier League, eight points behind leaders Liverpool. This has led some to already write off United’s title chances for this season, but Michael Carrick believes that it is too early in the season for United to be considered out of the title race.
Carrick has rarely been involved with the United first team this season, with Jose Mourinho managing his game time due to the Englishman now being 35 years-old. Carrick has had a positive impact on the team whenever he’s played, with United winning every game he’s been involved in. Despite United falling behind the pack chasing the title already, Carrick still believes that United still have a chance of ending the season as champions:
“We still feel we’re well in touch. I know people are looking at it [the table] and saying we’re drifting and we’re not right at the top but we still feel there’s more to come and we’ve got a great chance of being up there.”
Carrick feels that the personality of the players and the manager will allow United to challenge for the title, but does concede that for United to remain in the title race they must start winning games soon:
“I certainly believe that. It’s easy for me to sit here and say it. Time will tell. But I just feel we’ve got the personalities and the personnel – the manager, the coaches and the players. We just need to start building the momentum really and now’s the time to do that.”
But, Carrick does also admit that winning the title will be difficult for United due to the teams above the club in the league. United currently sit behind the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea who are all legitimate title contenders. But United do have a lot of quality in their squad, with the likes of Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimović, so even if United don’t quite manage to win the league this year they could have a big say in deciding where the title goes, as the other contenders will drop points against the Red Devils.
“We’re realistic, we know what’s ahead of us. There are some really good teams ahead of us and it is very tight. But we still feel that we’re heavily involved and we’ll have a big say in it. There’s an awful lot more to come from us and if we can stay in touch, and now’s the time to click, that’s why we feel we’ve got such a good chance.”
Personally, I feel that the eight point gap could be too big to breach, especially with the club’s current inconsistency. A run of good results has been hard to come by this season, dropping points against lesser teams, such as; Watford, Burnley and Stoke City. But, there is a long way to go in the season, and if anyone is able to overcome the odds, and the 8-point deficit then it would be United. Although it’s unlikely that United will win the league this season, it would be foolish to write them off.