Michael Carrick has urged his teammates to push on from their controversial win at Stamford Bridge last Sunday and beat Arsenal this weekend.
Manchester United enjoyed success both home and away to Arsenal last season, thrashing the Gunners 8-2 at Old Trafford before leaving the Emirates with a 2-1 win last January. Having already picked up a win at Anfield before claiming their first win at Stamford Bridge in ten years at the weekend, Carrick and United are determined to take as many points as possible of their rivals, and provide real momentum as their title challenge develops.
“Especially against your rivals – the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal – it’s important you take points off them. That’s why it was important to win at Chelsea, and next week is just as important,” Carrick said, speaking to the Daily Mirror.
“Chelsea is a huge three points. Not winning here for a long time against our biggest rivals, we wanted to put that right and we wanted to win for that reason.
“Plus the fact that if we had lost we would’ve been well adrift. I know there’s a ling way to go, but it wouldn’t have been a good position for us to be in. So for these reasons, it was a big result.”
Following Sunday’s contentious afternoon in southwest London, the England international played down suggestions that United were benefited with some controversial decisions, claiming that United themselves have been dealt some bad lack of their own upon previous visits, and were perhaps due some good fortune.
“Over the last three or four years we’ve had some really great performances here and not come away with what we deserved, so it was sweet to get the three points,” Carrick continued.
“We’ve really played some great stuff and the performances have been spot on, so to come away with no wins has been disappointing. We’ve had some decisions not go our way and it’s been tough for us here, but maybe that’s turned around for us.
“We’ll take what we can get.”