Michael Carrick has warned table-topping Manchester United the hard work starts now.

The midfielder said: "It is nice now to be sitting on top of the pile. Hopefully we can stay there but that's up to us. That's the hard part.

"We managed to do it last season and hopefully we can do it again.

"I am sure we will if we keep playing like that. We want to get the momentum again and hopefully stay there for the rest of the season.

"We just have to do the right things in games.

"As long as we try to do that we'll win a lot of games. When it does click, teams struggle to cope with us.

"When we play to that standard we will beat anyone and cause anyone problems. Hopefully that continues."