Michael Carrick has opened up about Manchester United’s disappointing start to life under Jose Mourinho this season.
Man United currently sit in sixth spot after 11 games, six points off fourth spot and eight points behind leaders level.
Mourinho’s men also lie outside the qualification places in their Europa League group after suffering defeats away to Feyenoord and Fenerbahce.
However Carrick, speaking earlier this week, insisted he was hopeful with seven months of this season still remaining.
“We want to be at the top challenging,” he said.
“We’ve had some ups and downs along the way, it’s not to say that we’ve given up on winning things just yet – it’s too early for that and we’ve got too much quality and too much of a good team and squad to give up on anything.
“We just don’t feel we’ve got the results our performances have warranted; we know it can change, we’re not up to Christmas yet, there’s still so much to play for and we still believe that when it comes near the end and when it counts we’ll be right up there.”
Mourinho’s start to life at Old Trafford has been, well, quite un-Mourinho like. Not necessarily because of a failure to constantly pick up results (the Special One has always overseen a slight transitional period, lasting usually a month or slightly more, before his side truly clicks), but because of this side’s aptitude for excellent performances that don’t yield the results they deserve.
The 53-year-old is a winner, and he always has been; a specialist in winning ugly, a specialist in commanding a sense of siege mentality.
At United, however, we have seen a team blessed with talent struggling to reward themselves for a string emphatic displays. There have been brief moments where everything has clicked, almost out of nowhere. Mourinho’s men have shown signs of that ruthless conviction going forward, laced with power, creativity and speed, blitzing teams out of the water.
Mourinho’s task, as United fans all know, is to consolidate the unquestionable zeal that exists within the squad. The pieces are all there; the Portuguese just needs to put them together.