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Confidence is driving Manchester United forward, says Carrick

By Olawale Kuponipe

Michael Carrick believes Manchester United's recent run of form fuelled his team-mates to secure their sixth consecutive Premier League win at West Ham. Second-half goals from Juan Mata and Zlatan Ibrahimovic saw Jose Mourinho's side stretch their unbeaten run to 13 games in all competitions but the clash was overshadowed by referee Mike Dean's controversial decision to send off Hammers midfielder Sofiane Feghouli after 15 minutes.

Up until the red card, the hosts had started the game brightly and the dismissal created a hotly-tempered atmosphere, and Carrick was pleased with how the players dealt with conditions to claim victory.

He said: "In the first half we weren't where we wanted to be in terms of keeping possession and creating chances.

"But we are delighted that we saw the game out. We have kept our run going and confidence is high, which makes such a massive difference in games like this because we feel as if we can see that finishing line and it ultimately drove us over the line."

The introductions of substitutes Mata and Marcus Rashford swung the game as the latter played a key role in setting up the Spaniard's opener.

The 19-year-old has been a bit-part player under Mourinho following his break-out season which saw the forward earn his first England call-up last year.

But Carrick said: "You could sense he was going to create something as he nearly got inside a few times before he set up the goal. He did really well."

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