Title rivals Arsenal and Chelsea both picked up three points yesterday, with the blues thrashing West Ham 4-1 at home whilst the Gunners needed an injury time winner to beat Hull who went down to ten men in the first half.

Michael Carrick has today claimed that whilst it is nice to see rivals drop points before United play, it doesn’t put any pressure on us when they don’t.

“It’s not really too much of a factor,” said Carrick. “It’s nice before the game if you see them drop points, but it really doesn’t affect us once we’re at the ground and we go out on the pitch. You get into game mode and focus on winning. If you apply too much pressure too early then you start doing things that maybe you shouldn’t. We just believe in ourselves. The confidence and belief’s there at the moment that we’re scoring good goals and scoring plenty of them. Hopefully that maintains through this part of the season.”