Manchester United midfielder confesses: Our start was 'shocking'

Michael Carrick 2012

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has voiced his belief that he always knew the team would turn their fortunes around.

New manager David Moyes has endured a tough period in charge at Old Trafford having taken the unenviable task of replacing the great Sir Alex Ferguson, and came under fire for poor results against Liverpool, Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion.

However, midfielder Carrick – who will now reportedly be missing for six weeks with an Achilles injury – declared that he never doubted Moyes and knew that the Red Devils would rediscover their form, and nine games unbeaten suggest that the new era is starting to work.

"After a shocking start we are not in a bad position," said Carrick. “We never really got too despondent. We were frustrated with our performances and results but you have to stay patient and trust yourself.

"We knew there was a long way to go and there still is. When we are not at the top, because of our recent run in the league people are asking questions and criticising. In some ways it is fair. In others we take it with a pinch of salt. We have to deal with it from within."

Carrick's comments serve as a welcome confidence boost for manager Moyes, who stepped into replace the legendary Ferguson over the summer, and has been under intense scrutiny ever since. A failed transfer window didn't help his cause, and the aforementioned defeats to rivals Liverpool and Manchester City only served to heap pressure onto the former Everton boss.

But a dressing room the attitude displayed like Carrick will go a long way to proving the doubters wrong, and their 1-0 win over leaders Arsenal on Sunday should show that the Red Devils are still title challengers – even after Ferguson. There is a long way to go, and their home performances must improve after a shock 1-1 draw to Southampton and a hard-fought 3-2 win over Stoke City, where they trailed twice, but recent displays against Fulham and Arsenal will give United fans optimism that they have finally turned the corner under Moyes.

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