Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has admitted form doesn't mean anything as his side prepare to face fierce rivals Liverpool at the weekend.
The Red Devils have come under pressure this season as David Moyes struggles to live up to expectations at the Premier League giants following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement last season.
Though Moyes' job was never going to be easy, few had expected the Premier League champions to struggle for European qualification as they experience their worst season in years.
But despite sitting sixth in the league - nine points behind Manchester City - Carrick is relishing the clash and insists that Liverpool will be wary of United's ability.
"It's a big month ahead, we're well aware of that,” he told ManUtd.com.
“It’s Liverpool next and that's a big one. Regardless of where both teams are in the league it’s an important fixture.
"In recent times, with this rivalry, we’ve been on top of them in the league and it's the other way around at the moment. But I don’t think league places affect the game.
"We’d say it if we’re top of the table that form goes out of the window against Liverpool, it counts for very little, and that’s the case now. It should be a good game and we’re all looking forward to it.
"I know we’ve had an up and down season but I think performance-wise in recent times we’ve been pretty good."
The Old Trafford outfit have it all to do in the Champions League too after falling to a 2-0 defeat at Olympiacos in the first-leg of their knockout clash, knowing they'll need to better the result if they want to progress to the next round.
But Carrick is confident that his side have turned a corner and has praised the club's newest signings Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini following their 3-0 victory over West Brom last weekend.
“I thought we did that against West Brom, so we need to build on that now. Juan and Marouane both did really well against West Ham,” he added.
“That’s two league games in a row now in which they’ve both performed well – Palace and now West Brom. But while they did well individually, I thought collectively, as a team, we looked really dangerous going forward.
“The performance against West Brom was better than the one at Palace, so that's something we have to take forward into some big games in this important month.”
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