After five games, United have collected maximum points and scored 21 goals â€“ statistics that make for impressive reading. But just as impressive is the sort of free-flowing, attack-minded football that Sir Alexâ€™s men have employed.
â€śI have really enjoyed watching us, especially when you see us sitting top of the league after the start we have had,â€ť Carrick told manutd.com. â€śIt was a very tough start and now there are tough games to come. But Iâ€™m all for us playing good football and winning.â€ť
The energy and pace with which United have played this term, particularly in midfield, is unquestionable. But is that a product of the personnel on the pitch (Anderson and Tom Cleverley have played the most league minutes in the centre of the park this season) or a concerted change in tactical approach?
â€śCertain players play certain ways,â€ť Carrick admits, â€śbut we always try to play with a high tempo, keep the ball on the ground and pass and move.
"The manager hasnâ€™t needed to drum into us the need to play quickly any more than he usually does. Heâ€™s done that enough over the years!
â€śThe philosophy here is to play at a high tempo and to move the ball quickly and test out the opposition. This season, things have come together very well for us.
â€śThe training since we returned for pre-season has been of a very high quality and is very intense. Maybe that has something to do with it.â€ť