Michael Carrick has sent a reminder to Jose Mourinho about his abilities by insisting he can still make a ‘significant contribution’ to Manchester United this season.
The veteran midfielder, 35, signed a new one-year deal at the club over the summer, though has been limited to just five starts so far this season.
Nonetheless, United have a 100% record with Carrick starting games this season and the former Tottenham and West Ham man has told Sky Sports he still feels he has plenty to contribute.
“I’ve seen it before, many times, with players who’ve come through this club and come towards the end of their careers still being able to make such a big contribution,” he said.
“It doesn’t have to be every week, it doesn’t have to be grabbing headlines every week but there’s a contribution to be made and I’ve seen it many times in the time I’ve been here.
“Hopefully I’ve learned from that and I can give my contribution in some sort of way.
“Some players peak quite early, some players peak late but to compare individuals can be quite tough. I do feel that experience does help and the understanding of the game does help you.
“But at the same time you lose the other attributes that you had maybe when you were younger, because physically sometimes it catches up with you. So at the moment I feel good physically, but to compare with different players can be misleading at times.”
Carrick on United’s prospects
Carrick also feels United haven’t had the results their performances have deserved this season and the midfielder continued: “We want to be at the top challenging. We’ve had some ups and downs along the way, it’s not to say that we’ve given up on winning things just yet – it’s too early for that and we’ve got too much quality and too much of a good team and squad to give up on anything.
“We just don’t feel we’ve got the results our performances have warranted; we know it can change, we’re not up to Christmas yet, there’s still so much to play for and we still believe that when it comes near the end and when it counts we’ll be right up there.”