Manchester United to win the Premier League? Michael Carrick believes United will be in the running for the title

Manchester United have set their sights on the top in the Barclays Premier League following their victory over arch-rivals Liverpool.

United endured a difficult start under Louis van Gaal, but they are now within eight points of league leaders Chelsea following six successive wins.

Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie were all on target in the 3-0 victory over Brendan Rodgers’ beleaguered side on Sunday.

And midfielder Michael Carrick believes United will be primed for an assault on top position if they maintain their excellent form over the rest of the festive period.

“We are always looking at how we can get to the top,” Carrick told MUTV.

“All in all we are in a pretty decent position at the moment. We need to stay up there, we need to stay in touch, then come Christmas and come January, as we’ve said for many years now, if we are up there challenging then we will give ourselves a great chance.”

Van Gaal is refusing to get carried away with United’s form, however.

“We have won six matches in a row, and that is fantastic but we have to improve our playing style still,” the Dutchman said.

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