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Spurs currently sit 3rd in the standings and have been in prime form during the festive period barring that odd slip-up against Wolves while United have won each of their last five games under new caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side inflicted a humiliating 3-0 defeat on the Red Devils at Old Trafford earlier in the season but Carrick believes that the game on Sunday is going to be a much more evenly-matched encounter.
“It’s always nice to play them but, at this moment in time, it’s a huge game for us,”
“They’re in good form and we’re in good form so it’s got the makings of a great game. We need the points and that’s all I’m focused on because it will set us up for, hopefully, a good run until the end of the season.
“It will be tough and we know what to expect. They’re in good form, dangerous and can score goals. They’ve got a lot of threats throughout the team. We’ll be ready for that, but it’s about us. We’ve got such a big threat coming from all angles and that’s what we’re trying to get the best out of.
“The confidence and the belief is there in the squad. A few wins make such a massive difference to each individual, as well as the team. So we need to keep that going. There is a lot to work on, we’re not taking things for granted, there is a lot more to come, and that’s what we’re striving toward.”
Meanwhile, Carrick has paid tribute to caretaker manager Solskjaer and explained how the Norwegian’s arrival has lifted the squad.
Ole’s got that personality that rubs off on everybody, he’s so positive, he’s so upbeat all the time,” Michael said in Dubai earlier this week.
I think you can see that rubbing off on individuals, and that goes a long way to bringing the best out of the players.