Despite last-gasp goals from Wayne Rooney and Hernandez dragging United out of another hole, Carrick acknowledges much improvement is still required if they are to claw their way back into the title race.
Carrick said: "We've been saying for a number of weeks when we've had a good result we have to kick on and get back to our normal selves.
"We've still got a way to go, we're not kidding ourselves. We've had a couple of good results but by no means are we at our best - we're not in bad shape but there's more to come.
"There's no point looking at the table at the moment. Obviously we're aware of the situation but there's no point going over it in your head thinking 'what if', we've just got to concentrate on getting the wins and see where that takes us."
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