Carrick set to help Mourinho’s men in hectic period as Manchester United look to extend unbeaten run

Michael Carrick

Jose Mourinho can steer Manchester United to 17 games unbeaten when they face Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium in the Premier League tomorrow.

United go into the game in a rich vein of form and in buoyant mood having salvaged a point and much, much more with a late Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal to earn a 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Old Trafford last time out.

It means that Mourinho’s men are fighting in four competitions — as well as the top flight, they are still in the FA Cup, EFL Cup and the Europa League.

And influential midfielder Michael Carrick says their is a buzz about the camp given just how much there is to play for at this stage of the campaign.

He said:

“There’s no way you complain about playing too many games because playing a lot of games means you’ve got a lot to play for and that’s exactly where we want to be.”

“There’s loads to play for this season, challenging on different fronts with different opportunities in different competitions, so it’s where we want to be and we look forward to the end of the season.”

Carrick’s team-mate Paul Pogba endured a tough time during the draw with Jurgen Klopp’s outfit and gave away a penalty with a needless handball leading to James Milner’s opener.

Now United keeper David De Gea has told the France international not to worry too much about the odd dodgy display. De Ggea has drawn on his own experience to provide perspective on Pogba’s adjustment to life in the Premier League.

He said:

“Paul is really important for us. He’s great in midfield, good in the dressing room. He’s an amazing player.”

‘At the beginning when you don’t know the country, the players and the football it’s a bit difficult. But you have fight, train more and try to focus and have belief in yourself.”