Manchester United star Michael Carrick is adamant the Red Devils’ convincing 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur during the weekend will encourage them to do the same against Liverpool, Daily Star reports.
United have been criticized for much of this season for playing unattractive football, however on Sunday the 13-time Premier League champions were at their very best, beating top-four rivals Tottenham 3-0 at Old Trafford.
The victory now sees Louis van Gaal’s side sitting in fourth, one point away from Arsenal in third and two ahead of Liverpool in fifth.
United will be facing the Reds this coming weekend in what will be seen as a six-pointer, but Carrick believes that his side can do the double over Bredan Rodgers’ men this season, after already beating them 3-0 in the reverse fixture back in December.
“I think it has to be our best performance of the season, given the importance of the game,” he said.
“It came together well. We were a real threat going forward, we controlled the game well and had a really good balance.
“We had a good tempo, we attacked with speed and we had penetration when we did go forward, we kept the ball when we had to, and got the balance right really.
“All in all we can’t be too picky, it was a good all-round performance. We are over the moon with the result.
“It sets us up for another big game at Anfield on Sunday. Every game is important now, but our confidence will be really high.”
Carrick was on the scoresheet during Sunday’s victory over the Lilywhites, but the midfielder added that the team can’t get carried away just yet.
He added: “Tottenham are a good side, we knew that going into the game, and we’ve beaten them and picked up an important three points.
“But it doesn’t count for anything more than that. It will give us confidence, of course, but in terms of what it means to anyone else it is not for me to answer really.
“I think it is just more for us a big boost going into another big one next week. The players are behind him (Van Gaal) of course.
“This win was probably a big step for us in terms of the size of the game and to play like we did, I think will give everyone a big boost and big shot of confidence.
“It shows we are moving in the right direction, which is good. But it is no good settling for that. We still need to keep on that upward curve. We have got to aim for second place. We’re within touching distance now.
“Hopefully when that pressure kicks in, and it goes up and up, then we perform even better and we’re going to have to in the weeks to come.”