Manchester United are determined to put things right in the “most exciting time of the season”, says Michael Carrick.
A campaign which promised so much for the Red Devils has suffered a couple of untimely setbacks over recent weeks.
The Premier League title has already slipped out of reach, as arch-rivals Manchester City continue to canter towards the crown, while Jose Mourinho’s side have failed to defend the League Cup.
United have reached the fifth round of the FA Cup and the last-16 of the Champions League, but defeats to Tottenham and Newcastle have allowed the chasing pack to close in as the battle for top-four finishes intensifies.
Carrick, though, insists that the Red Devils are ready to embrace the business end of the campaign, telling MUTV: “It is the most exciting time of the season, certainly, because everything is to play for.
“You want to get through to the next round of the cup competitions, but it can also end there and then.
“It is when the pressure and expectation cranks up and it changes, but that is what we want to be involved in - the big games, the edgy games, coming out on top and that’s what makes winning so special.”
Carrick maintains that confidence within the Old Trafford camp remains high, with everybody pulling in the same direction ahead of a run of games which is set to see United take in potentially season-defining clashes with the likes of Huddersfield, Sevilla, Chelsea and Liverpool.
“There is definitely a determination to put it right,” added 36-year-old Carrick, who is set to retire in the summer and take up a coaching role with United.
“You can’t ignore the fact that, when you have a bad result or two, here there is criticism and scrutiny that comes with it. You expect it and get used to it.
“The feeling from me and the lads in general is a determination to get back out there and put it right and bounce back.
“You can’t sit and mope about it. It is what it is and that’s why we play for this club. There is a responsibility to do well and you have to deal with it.”