After five games, United have collected maximum points and scored 21 goals – statistics that make for impressive reading. But just as impressive is the sort of free-flowing, attack-minded football that Sir Alex’s men have employed.
“I have really enjoyed watching us, especially when you see us sitting top of the league after the start we have had,” Carrick told manutd.com. “It was a very tough start and now there are tough games to come. But I’m all for us playing good football and winning.”
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?
“Certain players play certain ways,” Carrick admits, “but we always try to play with a high tempo, keep the ball on the ground and pass and move.
"The manager hasn’t needed to drum into us the need to play quickly any more than he usually does. He’s done that enough over the years!
“The 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.
“The 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.”