Michael Carrick sets Chritsmas target for Jose Mourinho’s Man United

Michael Carrick is optimistic Manchester United can challenge for the Premier League title

Michael Carrick says Manchester United need to be in a position at Christmas where they can smell success just around the corner.

The Red Devils have undergone an overhaul this summer following Jose Mourinho’s appointment as Louis van Gaal’s successor in May.

We want to put ourselves in the position in the coming months to really challenge – getting that feeling back and smelling that success come Christmas time

Michael Carrick

The United manager started his summer spending spree with the £30m signing of Villarreal defender Eric Bailly before Zlatan Ibrahimovic completed a free transfer to the 20-time English champions from Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Mourinho continued to spend big as Borussia Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan completed a £30m transfer to Old Trafford before United finally completed a £92m deal for Juventus star Paul Pogba just four years after the Frenchman left the club.

And Carrick is confident that United will be in a position to challenge for the Premier League title in Christmas ahead of the second half of the 2016/17 season.

“Sunday has given us a good start and a positive feeling around the place to be confident going into the first games of the season and beyond,” Carrick told United’s website.

“It’s always exciting and always a feeling of what’s going to happen looking forward, not just this week and next week but towards the end of the season when we’re looking to be challenging for trophies; fighting on all fronts is what we need to be doing.

“We’re focused on that end goal. We want to put ourselves in the position in the coming months to really challenge – getting that feeling back and smelling that success come Christmas time. You can’t beat that feeling, that something special is around the corner, and we need to get to that point.”

United start their Premier League campaign with a trip to Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon.

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The Red Devils finished in fifth place in the Premier League last term but did win the FA Cup at Wembley.

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