Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has come out fighting admitting that the clubs main aim for the 2014/15 season is to win the title, stating that they couldn’t even celebrate getting into the top four.
The 2013/14 season has been a lacklustre one for Michael Carrick in the midfield at United, along with a handful of squad members that have just not performed for the club this term, going into the final game of the season in 7th place. Many point the finger to David Moyes on why the club have failed to make the mark this season, but there is a lot to be said about the players at Manchester United too.
Performances on the pitch have been nothing short than awful at times during the season, times in which Carrick and the rest of the squad are now looking to put behind them and move on to next season.
Speaking with the Official clubs website, Michael Carrick said:
“Listen, this club moves forward all the time and we are always trying to bring players through, groom players and develop them
“You could say this is the start of something else because there are going to be changes between now and next season.
“How much change, we will have to wait and see, but it is about getting strong, improving and coming back next year to fight on all fronts again. That is certainly what the aim is and we shouldn’t be aiming for anything less.
“There is no way we are settling for top four – that is not something we do here. We can’t celebrate getting into the top four, that’s not worth celebrating. We want to be challenging right at the top.
“I am not standing here and saying we are going to win the league next season, but that is what our goal is and anything less than that is not worth thinking about. Certainly, top four is not something that we will settle for.”
Louis van Gaal is set to be announced as the new Manchester United manager on Monday after the Premier League season has finished, no doubt set to have a big budget from the board to bring in his own players and add to the squad, but Carrick believes that there are good players within the squad and those can add to next season, he added:
“It is easy to say there will be wholesale changes because we obviously haven’t had a good season
“If you look within the squad, there are some good players there.
“There probably needs to be some changes in some way because that is natural with the situation we are in at the moment, but you can’t change too much because it is hard. Bringing players in is tough enough and we will just have to wait and see how it pans out.”