Michael Carrick: Belief key to United's victories

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Michael Carrick: Belief key to United's victories

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick believes that the most important feature of United is belief. He added that it is that belief of winning and not giving up that helps them win from unpromising situations.

Manchester United were struggling with 11 men against Bolton at home. But things became even more difficult when they were cut down to 10 men when Johnny Evans was sent off 15 minutes before the final whistle.

Still Manchester United managed not to just hold on, but actually ended the game with all 3 points. Mathew Taylor from Bolton went very close with his header from the goalmouth, Dimitar Berbatov was in the right place on the right time to prod in the winner following up on Nani’s shot.

The joy of the win was compounded for Manchester United when their nearest title rivals Arsenal were held to a 2-2 draw at the Hawthorns. The drop of points by Gunners gives the Red Devils the upper hand once again in the title race.

Michael Carrick said that one has to keep believing and the trust among the team is very important in crucial matches. He added that experience within a team also helps, because United has been in similar situations several times before.

Michael Carrick who joined Manchester United from Tottenham said that in the final minutes of the game the team needs to remain patient. He added that more times than not a chance does come in the final few moments of the game, and then it’s up to you to make use of them.

Dimitar Berbatov another former Spurs man in United colours, managed to give United the win from his 21st goal of the season. This was also his first goal since January, the Bulgarian striker has started just four of United’s last 12 games in all competitions.

The reasons for Berba being out of the starting eleven in last few games has more to do with the improved form of Wayne Rooney, and the uncanny knack of scoring goals for Javier Hernandez.  He was not even a started in the Bolton game, but after the Red Card to Evans. Ferguson had to make changes and he made the right call by sending on Berbatov.

"Dimitar is doing very well," said United assistant boss Mike Phelan.

"He has done everything we have asked of him and is working hard.

"It is never easy to come off the bench. But he kept his focus and got us the goal."

Mike Phelan was handed the role of pitch side director, as Sir Alex Ferguson started his 5 match touchline ban handed to him by English FA.

Michael Carrick was forced to play as centre back following the red card to Evans. The midfielder did a great job and proved that he is flexible and willing to do what it takes to help the team.

"It is not ideal playing centre-back but I have no problems with it if that is what's required," said Carrick.

Manchester United is now 5 points clear on top of the table, but Arsenal are close in behind with a game in hand. The win was a welcome return to winning ways in the Premier League for Manchester United, who lost to Chelsea and Liverpool back to back in last two weeks.

 

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