Carrick feels comeback is a blow for rivals

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has stated that he feels the nature of his side’s comeback against Chelsea on Sunday will represent a physiological blow for their title rivals.

The Premier League champions found themselves 3-0 down at Stamford Bridge early in the second half, but two Wayne Rooney penalties and a Javier Hernandez header salvaged a point for The Red Devils.

Carrick feels that the likes of Manchester City and Tottenham will have been rubbing their hands together after seeing Andre Villas Boas’ men race into a comprehensive lead, but that United’s refusal to lie down will be a dent to their confidence.

“I think other teams who were watching that and seeing us go 3-0 down, would have been thinking what a good afternoon it’s been for them,” Carrick stated to The Telegraph.

“Then for us to come back in the manner we did might give them a little dent and a boost for us.

“We were slightly disappointed in the end. Obviously, when you’re 3-0 down and have your backs against the wall, if someone offers you a point then you’ll be happy with that.

“But getting a third goal with a fair bit of the game to go, we fancied ourselves to go on and win it. There’s a lot of positivity but there’s still that little tinge of maybe we could have won,” he concluded.

United face Liverpool at Old Trafford next, with the Premier League giants going head-to-head at Old Trafford on Saturday.

By Gareth McKnight