Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick believes the team will respond after a tough start to the season.

The 32-year-old, who was arguably the Red Devils' most important player last season alongside top scorer Robin van Persie, has urged his teammates to stand up and be counted over the next few weeks.

United currently sit 12th in the Premier League table after picking up a disappointing seven points from their opening six matches under new manager David Moyes.

"You have periods, whether it is through seasons or through years when things don't quite go right," Carrick was quoted as saying by the Independent. "You just have to face it and find a way to get through it.

"You can't hide and go under. You have to respond. That is what we will do."

Carrick is at a loss to explain why the reigning champions have struggled at the start of the new campaign, but feels confident that United can rediscover last season's form.

"Sometimes it is hard to put your finger on things," he added. "There are probably a number of reasons.

"If you don't do enough things well in a game then you lose it.

"I think we just get back to doing the right things, doing what we believe in. If we do that, in time we will be fine."

Carrick and his teammates take on rock-bottom Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday evening.

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