Carrick - It won't be easy

Midfielder not taking title success for granted

Michael Carrick insists Manchester United are 'not getting carried away' after opening up a five-point lead at the top of the table.

United's 3-0 victory over Liverpool on Grand Slam Sunday, coupled with Arsenal's 2-1 defeat at Chelsea, has ensured the reigning champions are overwhelming favourites to retain their title.

But while Carrick accepts the players are happy with their current position, he is not taking another Premier League crown for granted.

"We're playing well at the moment, but we've still got a tough run-in and it's not going to be easy," Carrick told MUTV.

Opened the door

"We're not getting carried away by any means, but we're happy with our position. Three or four weeks ago we were a few points behind Arsenal and aware that we needed to get points on the board fairly quickly.

"We've managed to do that and obviously Arsenal have slipped up a little bit and opened the door for us."

Reflecting on the win over Liverpool, Carrick felt the match was on a knife-edge until Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani scored in the space of two minutes.

Liverpool, down to 10 men after the sending off of Javier Mascherano, had been enjoying their best period in the match, and Carrick acknowledged the importance of Ronaldo's header.


He added: "Cristiano had a great chance - just before he scored the second goal - and you think 'is it going to be one of those days?'

"Sometimes the longer it goes on the harder it becomes and Liverpool were just beginning to have a half-decent spell in the game, getting a few free-kicks and things.

"The game can be on a knife-edge until you get that crucial second goal. Once we got that we could relax and enjoy the game a bit more and then Nani's goal capped things off for us."