Monday 18 December 2017

United can still win hat-trick of titles, believes Carrick

Mark Ogden

Michael Carrick insists Manchester United are still on course for a hat-trick of trophies this season, despite the setback of Sunday’s FA Cup third round defeat against Leeds.

England midfielder Carrick, who sat out the humiliation at the hands of the League One leaders, is set to return in Saturday’s Premier League clash with Birmingham at St Andrew’s.

Manchester United travel to the Midlands just two points adrift of leaders Chelsea and Carrick admits that, despite the shock of the Leeds defeat, United’s trophy-winning ambitions remain unaltered.

He said: “Our first aim in 2010 is to win the league again. It’s always been the first thing we’ve set out to do and to win four in a row would be amazing.

“Then there’s the Champions League. Given how tough it is to be successful, our record over the last few years has been very good. We also want to do well in the Carling Cup. We want to get our hands on as much as possible.

“This season has been strange with some odd results, but it’s a vital time and the manager has stressed that to us, although most of us have been here before.

“We know how important it is. It’s always three more points or the next round of a cup, so every game becomes more important.”

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