Michael Carrick glad to be top

Michael Carrick has admitted that his Manchester United side are pleased to be back top of the Premier League, but is expecting a difficult game against Wolves this weekend.

The reigning champions moved to the top-flight’s summit on Sunday after a 2-0 win over West Brom and a Manchester City slip-up against Swansea, and the England international is glad to have an advantage in the race for the title.

“There is no hiding the fact that it is nice to be top of the league. This is a big week for us but I think we’ll be saying that for the rest of the season,” he stated to The Sun.

“Wolves has been a tough place to go over the last few years. It has been hard for us down there, so we are not taking anything for granted.

“We are top of the league at the moment but we still have to pick up enough points between now and the end,” he admitted.

Meanwhile, Danny Welbeck knows that there is no room for complacency, and is taking the fixture list one game at a time.

“I think we’ll get confidence from our recent results but we know there is no room for complacency at all.

“We’re getting to the end of the season and winning is vital. We need to get as many points as possible.

“We are just focusing on ourselves and knowing the next match is always the most important.

“You can’t afford to slip up at any point, so it’s always the next game that’s on my mind,” he said.

Finally, Ashley Young confessed that the shift in power at the top means that added pressure is on Roberto Mancini’s men.

“A lot of people might not have said that we’d be in front of City but we’ve got the belief that, as long as we’re winning our games, the pressure’s on them,” he stated.

United travel to take on Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League on Thursday, before returning to domestic action at Molineux on Sunday.

By Gareth McKnight