Carrick: We’re not getting carried away after West Ham game

SANDY, UT - JULY 17: Michael Carrick
SANDY, UT - JULY 17: Michael Carrick /

Club captain Michael Carrick has reiterated calls for composure after the 4-0 demolition of West Ham at Old Trafford and insisted the players are focused.

The veteran midfielder had to watch from the stands as Valencia was the stand-in captain but is not fussed as he’s aware there’s plenty more games to come this season. Last year, Carrick had to wait until the 6th of November to make his first league start but ended up with 38 appearances in all competitions.

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Speaking on the club’s start to the season he said, “We’ve got a great squad. It’s a long season and there will be a lot of games. Hopefully we can go far in the cup competitions. There will be a lot of games, just like last year, and there is going to be a lot of rotation of the squad. It’s good.”.

“It’s a great start for us. We’re not getting carried away. It’s just one game but it’s a good start and we’re looking forward to the games ahead.” Carrick said optimistically. The Red Devils had put the Hammers to the sword with a convincing win that had Henry comparing Mourinho’s men to the Invincibles.

Manchester United’s young, exciting French talent was also on show with Pogba grabbing a goal as well as Martial who also managed an assist in his short appearance off the bench. Mkhitaryan put in a dazzling shift himself, assisting his teammates twice and Lukaku managed a brace on his debut.

A complete team performance wowed Old Trafford and the players themselves seemed to really enjoy the occasion after Mourinho branded their beginning of the game as ‘shaky’. Carrick wasn’t involved in the game but appeared to enjoy the game just as much as any other Red Devil fan.

Of course the composed Englishman would’ve enjoyed it more being on the pitch but he has the knowledge and experience that a club like Manchester United’s will rotate it’s players to ensure everyone gets enough game time. Michael initially started last season as an outsider but eventually gained Mourinho’s trust and featured heavily in crucial games.

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Jose categorised Carrick and Matic as similar players who bring stability to the first XI and the former Champions League winner would be proud of his Serbian teammate’s performance against West Ham where he won man of the match. The question is will Matic taken United to the next level? Time will tell.