Carrick: Manchester United targeting Premier League title

Louis van Gaal’s side have won their last six matches and the midfielder has confirmed the squad now believe that the can finish top of the pile come May

Michael Carrick insists that the Manchester United squad have their sights set on winning back the Premier League title this season.

United lifted their 20th top-flight crown at the end of Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season at the helm in 2012-13, but finished seventh in David Moyes’ first campaign in charge just a year later.

Moyes was axed as a result of the club’s poor form, with Louis van Gaal appointed as his successor, and, following an inconsistent start, United have strung together a run of six consecutive victories under the Dutchman.

That sequence has seen them climb to third in the table, eight points behind leaders Chelsea, and Carrick insists he and his team-mates are intent on lifting the trophy in May.

“I don’t want to say we are going to win the league, but certainly at this point, it is what we are aiming to do,” he told The Telegraph.

“We are not just looking to be happy for top three or top four.

“We want to be looking, over Christmas and into January, to be up there and then taking it from there. But winning the league has to be the aim.

“At this stage of the season, we are exactly where I think we should be and talking to the lads, we have that mentality that we want, and expect, to be challenging.

“It’s not a case of thinking that third is great because we have improved.We are looking past that and want to be challenging right up at the top.”

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