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It could get worse, before it gets better

Manchester-United-v-Fulham-3129278Michael Carrick has warned United fans that things might have to get worse before they eventually get better at Old Trafford and that this season’s demise is made worse because of how used United were to dominate opponents in England over the last two decades.

Having conceded a late equaliser against Fulham on Sunday, United will almost surely miss out on Champions League football for the first time in 19 years, while even a place in the Europa League seems in danger at the moment, given the dismal record David Moyes’ men have put together since the turn of the year.

“We’ve had success over the years,” explained Carrick. “It comes easy when you have success. You have to deal with the down times as well.

“You have to respect both and deal with them. It’s been a tough season and we’re not in a very good position in the league.

“We keep saying we need to go on a run. Performance-wise it’s a tough one to take when you play okay and create enough chances to win three or four games and we’ve still drawn again at home,” continued the United midfielder.

“We’ll pick ourselves up. That’s what we do. That is the business we’re in.”

For all his faults, David Moyes has badly been let down by his senior players, with some failing to show the attitude required from Manchester United players, but Carrick has dismissed the notion that wanted players uninterested by their side’s predicament, claiming instead that his teammates and him and have been badly hurt this season.

“Of course the players care,” said the former Spurs man . “It’s the pride we have in ourselves and each other. No-one wants to go through a spell when people are questioning you and things are going wrong.

“But we’ve had enough success over the years that we retain a belief in ourselves, even when things aren’t going so well. We keep trying to do the right things and, in the end, you think it will pay off for you.

“We thought it had [against Fulham] but it wasn’t to be. It isn’t for the want of trying. It’s not a case of not caring. We care just as much, if not more, than anybody else.”

With United traveling to the Emirates tomorrow night, things could get worse before they get better for United but Carrick insists that United have to deal with the current situation and move on.

“We thought it was going to turn. We’ve thought that all season. We still believe it will, we still believe results will come for us,” he said.

“It seems like setback after setback at the moment. We’ll pick ourselves up. We have a big game on Wednesday at Arsenal now. The only way to deal with it is to move on.”