Carrick confident Manchester United have enough quality to compete

Michael Carrick 2012

After a disappointing season last term, Carrick is hoping for better things this time around.

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick believes there is enough quality within the squad for them to compete for trophies in the season ahead on the back of a disappointing campaign last season.

United finished in seventh place last season in what has a woeful campaign as David Moyes succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson in the Old Trafford hotseat, but with Louis van Gaal installed as manager following his duties at the World Cup with the Netherlands, along with the signings of Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, the midfielder believes the side can compete with the rest of the top sides in the Premier League.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Carrick seems pretty keen to put last season's disappointing campaign behind both him and the team. 

He said: “You have dips and you expect to get over them quick - and at times we showed that we were going to get over them - and then just as results and performances were changing we took a step back again. That was very frustrating.

“Looking back it was a disappointing campaign, but we’ve got to learn from it. Never stop learning and take what we can.

“We’ve still certainly got enough quality in the squad anyway, regardless of who is coming in this summer, to be up there challenging again.”

United will have had a few changes at the club this summer with the high-profile departures of defensive duo Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, and will have an unfamiliar season of no European football at Old Trafford.

However, this season they have a manager who has a track record of winning trophies having won league titles in three different countries, along with the Champions League at Ajax in the mid-1990's - so there promises to be a difference in mentality from their manager this season compared to the last campaign.  

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