Michael Carrick believes Manchester United could still win the Premier League title this season if they maintain the form they have shown in the last two games.
United are currently fifth, five points behind Arsenal in fourth ahead of the two sides’ respective games at Chelsea and Bournemouth on Sunday.
Louis van Gaal says the aim for the season was always third place, but Carrick has not yet given up on the title despite Leicester City extending their lead over the Reds to 13 points with their win at Manchester City on Sunday.
Carrick told Sky Sports, in an interview set to be screened on Super Sunday: “Sunday’s a big game for us, of course it is. If we can go there and get the win, it puts us in a good position.
“But then we have to go and do it all over again the week after. It’s week by week now and we are coming to the time of year where it’s almost the business end where things are won and lost.
“We still want to be up there challenging and fighting and giving ourselves every opportunity to still finish on top.
“I’ve been here for a while now and there’s been seasons where it hasn’t gone so well up until now and you find yourself putting a run together, winning games and you end up having a successful season.
“That’s the focus from now, really. This season almost starts now for us – putting a run together and hopefully ending up with some silverware again.
“Can we win the title? I think we can. I believe we can. I’m realistic to understand where we are and the situation, but as games tick by, if we keep winning then we give ourselves a chance.
“If we don’t keep winning, then the chance falls by the wayside. It’s up to us carry on the form we’ve showed over the last couple of games and build on that.”
Carrick keen to stay at Man Utd
Carrick made his 400th appearance for United in the midweek win over Stoke City, but the 34-year-old is out of contract in the summer and has been linked with teams including Newcastle United.
However, it has been reported on Sunday that Carrick will soon be offered terms on a new deal at Old Trafford – and the 34-year-old has no intention of leaving the club if he has the chance to stay.
He added: “It [reaching 400 appearances] is something I can be proud of, to play for this great club for so long and have some success here – but hopefully there’s still a lot more to come.
“I’m just trying to enjoy my football. Being injured for the last month has been frustrating. At this time of my career, I just want to be out there with the boys playing games and enjoying my football. As long as I feel fit and feel I can do a job, we’ll see how it goes.
“I’ve been here for so long and said it so many times, it’s such a great place to come and work every day. I’m lucky to be in this position and don’t take that for granted, even after being here for so long.
“Hopefully it can carry on for some time yet. I love it here. I’ve always said I love it here and that’s never changed.
“Everything comes to an end at some point, especially a football career, but you can’t set a time on it really. It depends on how your body is and certain circumstances.
“For me personally, I couldn’t set a time on it. I’m enjoying it and seeing what’s around the corner and looking forward to that.”