Man United not content with third as title looms, says star

Manchester United are not ready to give up on challenging Chelsea and Manchester City for the Premier League title, according to midfield star Michael Carrick.

Louis van Gaal’s men made it seven wins from their last eight games with a comprehensive Boxing Day victory over Newcastle, which cemented their spot in third as West Ham slipped to defeat.

Although the Red Devils made a stuttering start to the campaign – losses at home to Swansea and away to newly promoted side Leicester were real blows – their haul of 22 points from the last 24 on offer has moved them to within ten of the summit as the season heads toward the midway point.

Getting back into the Champions League after a campaign’s absence is the ultimate aim at Old Trafford, yet Carrick says that nobody is giving up on taking on Chelsea and City for the big prize:

“The signs have been good in recent weeks,” he told ManUtd.com. “We were bitterly disappointed not to win last week [at Aston Villa] but we beat Newcastle and now have two big away games. They will be a good test for us to see where we are at.

“We’re continuing to look up and will continue to try to catch them [City and Chelsea]. We’re not satisfied with third – it’s obviously an improvement and we’re getting better, but we want to keep looking up.