Michael Carrick: Man United need to be challenging for Premier League title

Manchester United vice-captain Michael Carrick says the Red Devils are desperate to pick up silverware

Michael Carrick says Manchester United need to be challenging for the Premier League title this season.

The Red Devils made a winning start to the new season thanks to a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

When we haven’t been serious contenders and challenging is frustrating

Michael Carrick

The 20-time English champions haven’t won the Premier League title since 2013 following the retirement of club legend Sir Alex Ferguson.

And vice-captain Carrick stressed that United are hungry to make a return to winning silverware after their recent dry spell.

“I wouldn’t say hungrier, because every year when I have been here we have been desperate to win something and to win the league,” Carrick told United’s website.

“That hasn’t changed, whether we have won it or not, to be honest. Every season, we have started the same and gone again. Regardless of whether you won it or not, you start from scratch and go again.

“One thing we have always done when we have won something is look at the next one and I think that is a real strength in how we have achieved what we have. Having the two years, that is gone now. When we haven’t been serious contenders and challenging is frustrating.

“Now is the time for us to get right back up there.”

A Kyle Walker own goal proved the difference between United and Spurs as Louis van Gaal’s side stole a march on title rivals Arsenal and Chelsea.

The 13-time Premier League winners make the trip to Aston Villa in their next top-flight outing at Villa Park on Friday night.

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Van Gaal has made five summer signings in the transfer window, including midfielders Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

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