We can’t get carried away! Carrick urges Man United to stay grounded

Manchester United's Michael Carrick says the Red Devils must take it game-by-game in the Premier League title race

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Michael Carrick joined Manchester United from Tottenham in 2006 Photo: TSR

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Michael Carrick has warned Manchester United that they cannot afford to get carried away in the Premier League title race despite their commanding advantage over rivals Manchester City.

Rafael da Silva and Ryan Giggs both scored in a 2-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Saturday, temporarily moving 15 points clear of the Citizens.

Despite the lead, Carrick revealed Sir Alex Ferguson is refusing to allow his players to relax in their bid to win a 20th top-flight crown.

“We’ve got a job to do and the manager said that we need to take it game to game and just win the next game if we can,” Carrick told MUTV.

“You can’t look too far ahead because it can come back and bite you. We’ve got the experience around the place and obviously the manager sets the tone.

“I think you saw against QPR it was just about that game, getting the result and moving onto the next one.”

Despite a cagey performance in west London, Carrick said the Red Devils were delighted to pick up a valuable three points.

“It’s not always going to be pretty,” he added. “Sometimes you have to grind it out, work hard and make the most of the opportunities.

“That comes from experience as well and the manager picked an experienced side [at QPR], who would be able to cope with that.

“We played some good football at times when we had the chance, but other times it was about defending well and playing on the break.

“All in all, I think we can be really delighted with how the day went.”

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