United star: Everyone's having a dig and enjoying our situation!

Michael Carrick 2012

Manchester United midfielder believes rival supporters of clubs like Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea are all laughing at their expense.

The waning standards at Manchester United are no doubt delighting the rivals that the club have accrued over their years spent as a dominant force, implies midfielder Michael Carrick, who was one of a number of senior players who underwhelmed in the club's Tuesday evening loss to Olympiacos at the Karaiskakis Stadium in the Champions League Round of 16.

Most known for his passing ability, Carrick completed 86 of his 95 attempts, a 91% success rate and, while he made six interceptions and completed two more tackles than centre back Rio Ferdinand, the 32-year-old appeared one half of a confused midfield partnership with Tom Cleverley.

'We've set standards for ourselves as players over the years and this season hasn't gone so well,' reflected Carrick on not just the underwhelming performance last night, but on their exits in both cup competitions and dire position in the Premier League table.

United are sixth in the division, with 45 points collected from 27 match-days, 15 points behind pace-setting Chelsea and nine points adrift from Liverpool, who occupy the lucrative fourth place - a position that secures a passage into next season's Champions League competition.

Old Trafford has also gone from a Theatre of Dreams to one of nightmares as West Bromwich Albion, Everton, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City have all left Stretford with victories.

'We are getting shot at and criticised from all angles,' added Carrick, when talking to the ITV and Sky Sports cameras.

He concluded: 'Everyone is having a bit of a dig and enjoying it. We've got to take it on the chin and bounce back and I'm sure we will.'

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