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Carrick: Happy With Our Position

Following Manchester City’s defeat at Stamford Bridge yesterday, United are now within two points of the top.

Michael Carrick has claimed that he is happy with our current position and reckons we’ll be even better off come the new year.

“City have set the standard and not dropped many points but there’s a cluster of clubs behind them which we’re heading up, so we’re quite happy with the way things have gone,” said Carrick. “Of course we’d prefer to be on top but we’re actually in a better position than last season and, hopefully, we’ll be even closer to them come the end of the year.”

Compared with last year
After 15 games, United were on 31 points last season with a goal difference of 19. We were top of the table, 2 points clear of Arsenal and Chelsea, and 5 points clear of City.

After 15 games this season, United are on 36 points with a goal difference of 21.

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  1. belgianred says:

    Come on United!

  2. ricky says:

    city lost to

  3. Gorse Hill Red says:

    Big away tests in the second half of the season. if we can come through those unscathed and get away players back from injury you never know.
    Loving the Bitters foaming at the mouth this morning blaming everyone for the defeat but themsleves. Bitter to the end.

  4. CedarsDevil says:

    Your form of late has been excellent Michael …. Keep it up lad

  5. DB9 says:

    comon rvp!!! i meant arsenal=P

  6. Mikekelly12 says:

    Headline “KR Unhappy With Position” Carrick finding his form again has a lot to do with our improved performances. With Vida out his shielding is going to be vital over the coming months. Long may it continue.

  7. 68Devils says:

    It’s that time of the year for what Manchester United is all about…magic moments

  8. CedarsDevil says:

    Kompany and co better watch out, RVP is coming to town baby

  9. Mikekelly12 says:

    Gorse Hill Red
    Starting this weekend!! Thank fuck our away form is better this season. The reason we’re 5 points better off!

  10. CedarsDevil says:

    Just watched highlights from last night’s match….. How on earth did that fat cunt Yaya stay on the pitch? He clearly raised a hand to Mata’s face

    Quoting our good friend James ‘Vile Posnan Pricks’ bloody love it

  11. Mikekelly12 says:

    Any links for the highlights last night pal?

  12. CedarsDevil says:

    I must say, Sturridge is a decent player and to think the bitters let him go! Dumb fucks

  13. CedarsDevil says:

    Mike – Here you go and as a bonus RedNev is in the studio!

  14. Mikekelly12 says:

    Cheers pal. I’ll watch it now.

  15. Mikekelly12 says:

    Can’t get the fucker to play on my phone. Where’s Balaji when u need him?!

  16. kanchelskis says:

    Hey, that Yaya slap wasn’t acted on, right?

    Which means the FA can go back and apply retrospective punishment?

    Will they? Will they fuck.

  17. CedarsDevil says:

    Was just reading through some of the posts from last night and how refreshing it is to see some of the ladies of RoM here in full force, so special greetings to soren and portugueseprincess…

    Now where on earth are RedGem and Jellybean? We miss you RED ladies

  18. CedarsDevil says:


    Will it fuck indeed pal

    Balaji – Get in here, Mike needs some technical assistance…. Like me he is err a ******* when it comes to such matters! hahahaha

    See? I can keep it civil from time to time!

  19. wiuru says:

    The FA will not want to upset David Bernstien over Yaya . He has a lot on his plate overseeing FFP .
    A fecking joke the Wembley old boys club .

  20. redbilly says:

    Van Persie is quality, hope he never sells out to the bitters

  21. King Eric says:

    Nevermind that fat lazy cunt ‘s bitch slap, prior to that he kicked Mata while he was on the deck. Total mismatch looking at the size of Mata. I like Mata. Top little player.

  22. Paco Rabane says:

    Well said Micheal. The media wrote us off after the derby. Only 2 points now, with city playing Arsenal on Sunday. We beat Rangers, then see how it affects the bitters. Are they up for a genuine title fight? We’ll find out, come Sunday evening.

  23. KingOfStretfordEnd says:

    in the league, yep. Not complaining. We seem to be playing better now, and we should. Come on Carrick, maintain the form you’re in fella!

  24. KingOfStretfordEnd says:

    I can’t believe i pulled through the shitty chelsea game. Too many closeups of terry, cole and the shittians. I nearly suffocated.With the exception of Silva, i actually think he’s an okay lad.

  25. Giles Oakley says:

    I hope Michael Carrick’s new role as our favourite spokesman for the team doesn’t go the way of Patrice Evra. The better Pat’s comments got about the history etc, the worse his performances. Carrick has been in great form recently and his screening role in front of the defence is vital, especially now poor old Nemanja Vidic is out (our thought are with you!). One possible benefit of Carrick in that role is that the build ups from the back are quicker. As an out-and-out defender Vidic is the best, but his distribution is often distinctly pedestrian, as he slows down to a halt, looks around, passes back or sideways, or, worse, gets caught in possession. Other times he just lumps it forward. Now this season, when we’ve been off form the lack of movement up front has put Vidic in this position, as no-one is ‘offering’ and he has no outlet. Knowing not much comes from Vidic the attackers don’t get into ‘killer’ positions, and so it goes on, the classic vicious circle. With Carrick in his current form there’s much quicker and more penetrative passing , plus his tackling back has been terrific. Normally he gets into this kind of form much later in the season, so I hope it doesn’t mean he’s about to get his annual injury…

  26. CedarsDevil says:

    Sir Giles

    Very well said and agreed on Vidic 100%, terrific defender but a decent footballer he is not, cannot make a proper pass to save his life

  27. CedarsDevil says:

    Vida himself said recently that he ain’t no number 10……. Well you’re no other number either pal.

    Vida is a good old fashioned center half, built like a brick wall, takes no prisoners and would put his life on the line to prevent a goal against us, however with the ball at his feet he is bloody clueless!

    Get well soon Captain Vida, we will miss you

  28. utd_fc says:

    Comparing last seasons stats to this season is a bit of a joke imo. Last season there was no threat from city, arsenal or spurs. Chelsea started strong but completely slumped, which is why we managed to win with relatively fewer points. This season, everyone is in it to win it, complacency is not an option anymore

  29. Pebblesmeller says:

    Any proper and serious analysis of Citehs bright start compared to ours would have identified the opponents of both sides so far. We have had by far the more difficult start and over the next 6 games Newcastle away is the only one that might cause us trouble. Compare that with Citehs next six games and you will see that they have an in-form Arsenal and Liverpool (as always raising their performance levels against the bigger clubs). I predict we will be top by January 3rd.
    Also, given our difficult games at the start of the season it was crucial that we started briskly and in attacking mode, that is why all the players were back in pre-season 2 weeks early! We are now in cruising mode that sometimes sees us play our shit defensive football but watch us go over the Christmas period. Hold on Citeh, because we are coming!!!!!!

  30. denton davey says:

    GorseHillRed @ 8:53: “Big away tests in the second half of the season. if we can come through those unscathed and get away players back from injury you never know.”

    We know ! # 20 beckons.

  31. King Eric says:

    utd fc – There is always a threat pal else we would run away with the league. City and Chelsea and Arsenal were all a threat last year till their arses went.

  32. Collyhurst Red says:

    ……………. and we’re happy with your form Michael, keep it up!

  33. CedarsDevil says:

    Collyhurst Red

    And we’re happy to see you here

  34. smartalex says:

    One position I’m happy with is the one filled by Carrick.
    Only Jones can compete for in-form player accolades over the last month or more.

  35. akanemo says:

    its that time of the year when both Carrick and Man utd come to form.

  36. Collyhurst Red says:


    I’m happy if you’re happy!

    (Damn internet quotas at work cut me off earlier today!)

  37. keegan4england says:

    Michael carrick is an excellent footballer. Sometimes he needs a rocket up his arse. You often watch him thinking, “Carrick Lad, come on….a bit more agression” – BUt on form, Carrick is a master class. Between 07-09, The Carrick and Scholes midfield partnership was tremendous.

    Players like Xavi and Xabi Alonso have constantly sung his praises and i do believe they know a thing or two about midfield football.

    When he is on form, United tick and I dont care what the anti-Carrick brigade think. On form, he controls a midfield, unlocks defences and is the central point of all United’s play. Tipically, english fans prefer the bull dog, all action midfielder such as Keano or Joey Barton, but I for one prefer ball players.

    The key word in the above paragraph is “form,” so let’s hope Carrick keeps it up and he has a mammoth 6 weeks. I am licking my lips at a Cleverley-Carrick midfield because when you keep possession and read a game like Michael and Tom do, you do not need a tough tackling DM.

  38. King Eric says:

    keegan4england – Top post pal. Spot on mate. I am glad Carrick is getting the praise he deserves on current form. Despite what folk think he is one of our only players that CAN dictate the pace of a game and switch play.

  39. odbpowell says:


    I do agree, but I don’t think he’s the ball player many people think he is. He’s great when given time to turn and get his head up, but in the big games you don’t get that kind of space. Unfortunately, and I think this is to do with his height more than anything, he lacks the mobility and technique to manouevre space for himself, to turn away from people in tight situations and direct the play into the right areas. I just don’t think he’s comfortable enough in possession, carrying the ball and creating angles for others.

    Having said that, though, I appreciate his qualities and what’s he’s done for the team over the last five years.


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