Manchester United’s current crop of stars have spoken out after their embarrassing defeat at Stoke City, which was their fourth consecutive Premier League loss.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, United midfielder Michael Carrick admitted that their recent performances have not been good enough while fellow midfield maestro Andreas Pereira urged his teammates to raise their game during this testing spell.
English midfielder Michael Carrick said, “Obviously it was a tough game, we’ve given ourselves too much to do again. To start like we did against Stoke, go two down, with the situation we’re in at the minute, it’s tough. It’s a horrible run, a horrible feeling, it hurts a lot. What else can I say? It’s hard to take. We’re not playing well enough as a team, as a squad, and [we must] do a lot better. It’s Manchester United we’re playing for, it’s a special club.”
Like any world class professional, Carrick rightfully defended his manager amidst a torrent of rumours that are suggesting that United’s Dutch boss could be getting the sack. The player added, “When you’re on a bad run, it’s tough. It’s hard to take. I look at myself first of all, [and] see what I can do better. Everyone’s got to do that.You can single anyone out in this situation as a club, a group of players, staff, manager – we have to stick together in football matches.”
Carrick wasn’t alone in this regard however as teenage United star Andreas Pereira issued a rallying call to his teammates. The Belgian starlet told Manchester United’s official website, “I think we were better in the second half [at Stoke], but we have to finish our chances. Of course, Stoke played really well, but I think we have to look at ourselves and make sure we do better.”
However, Mourinho is reportedly poised to take charge of Man Utd following Chelsea match if LVG will lose again.
LVG himself was asked if he will resign:
Pereira spoke beyond his years as he urged his fellow United players to bounce back against Chelsea in their next Premier League game.
He said, “It’s not long until the next game [against Chelsea] so I think we have to move on from this game and forget about the loss. We just have to keep working hard and stick together now. We have to focus on Monday’s game and make sure we do better, in order to get the three points. It’s important to get the three points in the next game.”