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Manchester United played some of the best football we have seen from the Red Devils last weekend when they completely destroyed Tottenham at Old Trafford winning 3-0 to give them a big boost before next Sundays three-pointer at Anfield as both teams battle for a top-four finish to the season.

United beat Liverpool convincingly when the two clubs met at Old Trafford earlier in the season winning 3-0 with midfielder Michael Carrick suggesting that they can do the double over their biggest rivals.

The England international said: “I think it has to be our best performance of the season, given the importance of the game.

“It came together well. We were a real threat going forward, we controlled the game well and had a really good balance.

“We had a good tempo, we attacked with speed and we had penetration when we did go forward, we kept the ball when we had to, and got the balance right really.

“All in all we can’t be too picky, it was a good all-round performance. We are over the moon with the result.

“It sets us up for another big game at Anfield on Sunday. Every game is important now, but our confidence will be really high.”

Carrick went on to say that the players are 100% behind manager Louis van Gaal, and believe they can catch Manchester City and finish in second place.

And yet the 33-year-old who scored his first game in over a year said the team must not get carried away with the win over Spurs.

He added: “Tottenham are a good side, we knew that going into the game, and we’ve beaten them and picked up an important three points.

“But it doesn’t count for anything more than that. It will give us confidence, of course, but in terms of what it means to anyone else it is not for me to answer really.

“I think it is just more for us a big boost going into another big one next week. The players are behind him (Van Gaal) of course.

“This win was probably a big step for us in terms of the size of the game and to play like we did, I think will give everyone a big boost and big shot of confidence.

“It shows we are moving in the right direction, which is good. But it is no good settling for that. We still need to keep on that upward curve. We have got to aim for second place. We’re within touching distance now.

“Hopefully when that pressure kicks in, and it goes up and up, then we perform even better and we’re going to have to in the weeks to come.”