Michael Carrick has warned rivals and pundits alike that Manchester United's title challenge is far from dead.
The Red Devils were unfortunate to come away with just a 1-1 draw at the weekend, when Newcastle United held Sir Alex Ferguson's side at Old Trafford.
Manchester City failed to take the opportunity to stretch the advantage to seven points after they could only earn a point at Liverpool, but Roberto Mancini's side still hold the advantage at the top of the Barclays Premier League.
Goals have been the biggest problem for United, with just 15 in their last ten matches in all competitions, but Carrick is confident that the side have enough experience and class to get through the current tough times.
“With United, it always seems to be the case that if you lose a game or have an indifferent match or two the roof caves in, or that is what people on the outside think,” said the England international midfielder.
“We have been here before. We have had bad results and bad runs, a lot worse than the one we are on at the minute.
“Experience tells us to be patient. People can write us off if they want but hopefully we will be there at the end of the season.”
Next on the agenda for United is a clash against Crystal Palace in the League Cup quarter-final tonight, with a handful of youngsters expected to get their chance against the Eagles.
And Carrick has no doubts that the talented teenagers can take their chance if Ferguson provides an opportunity.
“I would back them to produce, definitely. They certainly have the talent. They are good players. They wouldn't be threatening to play if they weren't."
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