Carrick: Manchester United players are bouncing

Manchester United assistant Michael Carrick has said that the Red Devils players are bouncing around the place after their recent change in fortunes under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The club had endured a difficult time under ex-coach Jose Mourinho where they struggled to secure regular wins but that trend has changed with Ole at the helm.

Since the Norwegian’s arrival, United have won five successive games across all competitions and Carrick has now revealed that the players are much happier while taking part in training, he told MUTV: “As you can imagine, it’s quite a happy camp.”

“When you’re winning football matches, you can’t put a price on the feeling that gives you, and the confidence and the belief. You almost sense a calmness when you’re winning games. It’s great to see the lads enjoying themselves. The football’s flowing, the training’s good, they’re bouncing around the place, and it’s nice to see.”

In preparation for the Tottenham game, United have scheduled some warm weather training in Dubai during the week and it remains to be seen whether they can translate the workout into a strong performance at the Wembley Stadium this weekend. Unlike United, Spurs have come through a tough League Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea and this could hand a minor advantage to Ole’s team, who are on a five-match winning run.

United are currently six points behind the top-four positions after 21 games into the league season and the upcoming game against Spurs is pretty much a must-win, if they are to remain close to the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal come the end of the season. The Blues are currently occupying the fourth position with 44 points on the board while the Gunners are behind them with a three-point deficit and three ahead of United.