Michael Carrick: Manchester United will fight for top four finish

by Ben Topliss

Michael Carrick believes Manchester United are still capable of finishing in the top four of the Premier League.

Man United drew 1-1 against Leicester City last time out after Wes Morgan cancelled out Anthony Martial’s opener.

The result left Louis van Gaal’s side fifth in the Premier League, four points behind fourth-placed Manchester City with a game in hand. Carrick insisted his side will keep fighting to secure Champions League qualification.

“Of course. We will keep going. We have got the games left,” Carrick said.

“We will just look to the next game now and try to win that. That’s the only thing we can control and that is what we have got to focus on.”

When asked about the Leicester game, Carrick added: ”I thought we came out very well and put them under a lot of pressure and caused them a lot of problems. We got a goal ahead and then their goal came out of nowhere. We are disappointed with that. It was a cheap goal to give away in the position we were in. That is hard to take but I thought we played well.”

United are certainly in with a shout of securing an unlikely top four spot as City still have to take on third-placed City.

But van Gaal should never have allowed his side to get into this situation in the first place. The Dutchman’s negative tactics earlier this term zapped the confidence from his players and not beating the ‘minnows’ such as Norwich City and Bournemouth over the Christmas period seems to have been their undoing. Considering the amount of money the club has spent in recent years, it is an unacceptable state of affairs.

That being said, United supporters will hold out hope until it is mathematically impossible. Not finishing in the top four could be a huge setback for the club as they look to re-establish themselves.

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