Michael Carrick sees signs Manchester United are moving on from Ferguson era

Carrick sees signs United are moving on from Ferguson era
By Reuters

02/12/2016 at 07:03Updated 02/12/2016 at 09:34

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick thinks he has seen signs in recent performances that the club might finally be set to move on from their trciky post-Alex Ferguson era.

United have changed managers three times since Ferguson brought down the curtain on his trophy-laden 27-year reign at Old Trafford in 2013.

While both David Moyes and Louis van Gaal failed to lead the club to a top-three finish in the league, Carrick, 35, thinks things are starting to click into place under Jose Mourinho.

Though Carrick has struggled to find his way into Mourinho's starting XI this season, he was hopeful about the club's future prospects.

Wayne Rooney on the Manchester United bench, along with Memphis Depay and Michael Carrick

Wayne Rooney on the Manchester United bench, along with Memphis Depay and Michael CarrickReuters

"It was never going to happen overnight, I don't think we were ever going to suddenly move on so quickly," Carrick, who joined the club in 2006, told reporters.

"Sir Alex had been here so long. It doesn't happen overnight and everyone just forgets about it, but there are certain signs that we are getting there. I can say that.

"I know we are well away in the league, but there are signs that we can feel something is coming. Time will only tell with that, though."

United have drawn five of their last seven league games and stand sixth in the table, 11 points off the pace.

They beat West Ham United 4-1 on Wednesday to reach the League Cup semi-finals, however, having inflicted a 4-0 defeat upon Feyenoord in the Champions League on Nov. 25.

"There have been occasions in the cups where ... the goals have gone in. It hasn't quite happened in the league... but if we keep playing like that, we will be okay," the 35-year-old said.

"It is not something where you just flick a switch... you have to build as a team... I think we will be all right."

United visit Everton in their next league game on Sunday.