29/11/2010 09:00, Report by Nick Coppack

Carrick calls for consistency

Michael Carrick was naturally delighted with the Reds' performance in Saturday's 7-1 win over Blackburn, but says the challenge now is to maintain those standards.

United demolished Sam Allardyce's side with an almost flawless display of attacking football and fluency, with Carrick admitting “it's nice when everything comes together”.

He told MUTV: “Going forward, we looked really dangerous every time we attacked. The speed the attacking players were playing at – the one and two-touch football they played and the runs they made – was brilliant. The intensity and the fluidity of the attacking play was great.

“It's what we work towards and what we strive for. We set high standards and we want to keep hitting those levels. [Against Blackburn] we did that, but we want to keep doing that every week.

“We know it's not always possible, but if we perform to near enough that level every week we won't be far away.”

As if putting seven past Blackburn wasn't enough, the Reds' weekend got even better on Sunday when Chelsea drew at Newcastle, leaving Sir Alex's men two points clear at the top of the league. But Carrick insists nobody at United is getting too excited just yet.

“Not so long ago people were saying Chelsea were pretty much invincible but they've had a bit of a rough spell and we're in the driving seat at the moment.

“But we're not naive enough to get carried away with that – we've got a big few games coming up, including Arsenal and Chelsea, so we just want to push on until Christmas and into the New Year.”


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