UNITED Carrick still cautious after Tyne and cheer
UNITED’S comeback win against Newcastle was ‘a big moment for the club,’ but Michael Carrick has vowed not to ‘get carried away with things.’
For the second time in seven months, Jose Mourinho’s side recovered from a two-goal deficit at half-time to turn the game on its head.
Kenedy and Yoshinori Muto had given the visitors a deserved 2-0 lead at Old Trafford after just 10 minutes but United rallied after the break and, inspired by man-of-the-match Paul Pogba, scored three goals in the last 20 minutes. Attention now turns to a tough run of fixtures including Chelsea and Juventus, and Carrick believes it is too early to say whether United have turned the corner after such a poor start to the season.
“I’m not going to get carried away with things, time will tell that,” he said. “There’s no point in me sitting here saying, ‘This could be this, it could be that.’ It was a big moment for us, a big moment for the club. A big moment for the players.
“I was proud of the lads. The way they responded, dug in, found a way to win and showed real character.
“It’s a tough place to be when you are out there and things aren’t going well and you find yourself 2-0 down so early in a game, so I was really proud with the way the boys turned it around.
“We’ve got big games coming up now and are obviously looking to get good results from them and kick on and improve things.”
Meanwhile, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo are both back in training ahead of next week’s trip to Chelsea.
Herrera has only made one Premier League start this season, in the home defeat to Spurs, and an ankle injury has kept him sidelined ever since.
However, a video posted on the midfielder’s Instagram page has given United a boost as he could be available for the trip to Stamford Bridge after the international break. The video showed him working on his shooting skills at Carrington while a number of his teammates were away on international duty.
The 29-year-old also revealed that Rojo is back in training having missed the start to the new campaign.
Rojo started for the Under-23s at Old Trafford last month but his recovery was pushed back further as he hobbled off in the second half of the game.
The return of Rojo and Herrera would leave just Jesse Lingard, Luke Shaw and Nemanja Matic as potential doubts.
There’s hope Lingard will be fit to feature against Chelsea, while Matic withdrew from the Serbia squad with a back injury.
Shaw is also nursing a knock.