Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has revealed that seeing the club fail to challenge Chelsea and Manchester City for the Premier League title over the past two years has been the source of deep frustration felt within the squad, the Daily Express reports.
The 34-year-old has lifted the league title five times during his time at Old Trafford, and began their quest for their first since 2012/13 with a 1-0 victory over Tottenham on Saturday.
Manager Louis van Gaal has undergone a second big spending spree this summer in an attempt to catch up with his Premier League rivals, and Carrick reiterated the importance of the club retuning to the pinnacle of the English game.
“I wouldn’t say hungrier, because every year when I have been here we have been desperate to win something and to win the league,” Carrick said.
“That hasn’t changed, whether we have won it or not, to be honest. Every season, we have started the same and gone again.
“Regardless of whether you won it or not, you start from scratch and go again.
“One thing we have always done when we have won something is look at the next one and I think that is a real strength in how we have achieved what we have.
“Having the two years, that is gone now. When we haven’t been serious contenders and challenging is frustrating. Now is the time for us to get right back up there.”
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